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The Smashing Pumpkins Being Beige
Oct 20, 2014 10:04am | StereoGum

We’re getting a new Smashing Pumpkins album before the year is out. In December, Billy Corgan and his associates will release Monuments To An Elegy, the follow-up to last year’s strong, surprising Oceania. The first song we’ve heard from Monuments is “Being Beige,” an impressively grand guitar-cruncher that starts out quiet but quickly builds to something huge. And yes, this is one of the Pumpkins songs that features Tommy Lee on the drums. He does a nice job. Listen to it below.


Smashing Pumpkins share new single Being Beige listen
Oct 20, 2014 10:02am | Cosequence Of Sound

Billy Corgan has released the first track from Smashing Pumpkins forthcoming album, Monuments To An Elegy. Entitled “Being Beige”, its an emotive number whose sparse acoustic beginnings eventually bloom and give way to a rich, rousing chorus. The worlds on fire,” Corgan sings repeatedly, as a mix of drums (supplied by none other than Tommy Lee) and guitars crash and burn behind him. Listen below.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Corgan said of the track, “People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can’t. But if there’s honesty in this lyric, it’s that there’s something amiss in our cosmos. Yet still, we must love.”

Due out December 9th, Monuments to an Elegy is the first of two new albums from the Smashing Pumpkins due out over the next year.

Monuments To An Elegy Tracklist:
01. Being Beige (Worlds on Fire)
02. Anti-Hero
03. Tiberius
04. Run to Me
05. One and All
06. Drum and Life
07. Dorian
08. Monuments
09. Anaise

Watch Foo Fighters Full Show At Chicagos Cubby Bear, Where Dave Grohl Saw His First Concert
Oct 20, 2014 9:51am | StereoGum

We already posted footage of one big moment from Foo Fighters’ show at Chicago dive bar Cubby Bear, when Dave Grohl welcomed Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati on stage to cover “Surf Combat.” Now footage of the full show has surfaced online, and it reminds me just how many songs this band has lodged in my psyche over the years. The set features several guest appearances by Rick Nielsen, including two Cheap Trick covers and his new Foo collaboration “Something From Nothing.” The “All My Life” –> “I’ll Stick Around” intro is definitely working for me. Watch all that and much more below.


John Galm (Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, etc) releasing a solo album, 'Sky of No Stars' (stream it)
Oct 20, 2014 9:49am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

John Galm was doing the Cap'n Jazz-y "emo revival" thing in Street Smart Cyclist and Snowing way before the revival broke on a more mainstream level, and by the time it did he'd ditched the genre completely for his garage punk band Slow Warm Death. SWD is still sorta active, as is his even heavier garage punk band The Beds, and now John's set to release a solo album, Sky of No Stars, this week (10/21) via Broken World Media (Derrick from TWIABP's label). For this one, he's taking on folky '90s slowcore/sadcore, and it turns out he's as good at getting quiet and he is at rocking out.

Lyrically, this is heavy stuff. Most of the songs deal with death, and God and ghosts are both recurring characters. For this album, the narrator's "been counting the days since you've been lost," recalling when "you fell asleep on the drive home and you didn't see the turn," and wondering "how many drinks until I'm killed?" But elsewhere on the album he reasons, "That is fine. I will be there when you die, because death is just another part of life." It's a great record, and you can hear it for yourself now. The full stream is premiering in this post.

In related news, Topshelf recently put out Street Smart Cyclist's Discography 12", a collection of everything they've recorded to date, "which is a 7 inches, a tour CDR and two unreleased tracks."

Listen to that and the John Galm LP, below...


Project Pat Imma Get Me Sum (Feat. Rick Ross & Juicy J)
Oct 20, 2014 9:46am | StereoGum

Rick Ross got the Memphis knucklehead-rap legend and longtime Three 6 Mafia affiliate Project Pat to show up on “Elvis Presley Blvd.,” his recent street single. And now Ross has repaid the favor, contributing a verse to “Imma Get Me Sum,” the first single from Pat’s forthcoming Cheez N Dope 3 mixtape. Pat’s brother Juicy J, who co-produced the song, also shows up on the song, adding a really great verse about being a kid and watching Pat running in the streets and about doing a Barbara Walters interview. Listen to the track below.


Stream Yusuf (FKA Cat Stevens) Tell Em Im Gone
Oct 20, 2014 9:45am | StereoGum

Yusuf Islam, fka Cat Stevens, will release Tell ’Em I’m Gone next week. It’s his first new album in five years and features a mix of original compositions and other people’s songs, including covers of Edgar Winter and Procol Harum. The recently-inducted Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer’s latest album was produced by Rick Rubin. You can stream the whole thing now over on NPR.


NASA releases actual recordings from space and theyre absolutely breathtaking
Oct 20, 2014 9:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this year, Lefse Records released The Space Project, in which acts like Beach House, Spiritualized, The Antlers, and more used actual recordings from the Voyager space probe to create songs and soundscapes. Though a neat gimmick, with some intriguing submissions, the resulting album didn’t necessarily reflect the true sonic aesthetic of our solar system. For that, we turn to NASA, who has shared actual electromagnetic recordings taken from throughout our very own solar system.

No one may be able to hear you scream in space, but that whole great, black abyss miles above our heads is just teeming with noises. From the brooding, slightly ambient rumblings of Saturn and its rings to the more romantic Neptune, which sounds like sitting on a back porch in Tennesse in mid-July, our solar system’s soundtrack is as emotionally-nuanced as it is almost cinematic. Just wait till you hear what Uranus sounds like, though.

Listen in below. Or, enjoy live, 24-hour sounds via Radio Astronomy.

Split Single Monolith Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 20, 2014 9:43am | StereoGum

Split Single is a supergroup of sorts: The band consists of drummer Jon Wurster from Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, Britt Daniel of Spoon, and frontman Jason Narducy from Bob Mould’s band, Superchunk, and the owner of some outrageously sexy elbows. Split Single released their new LP, Fragmented World, in April, and today we get a video for album track “Monolith,” a ferocious rock anthem that asks, “How much can you peel away?” A lot, apparently, because the video is as simple as it gets — Narducy, clad in a red velvet cape and a boyish crown, sticks his head out of a car window screaming the lyrics to the track, but the camera is rotated at a 90-degree angle the whole time, creating a skewed sensation for the viewer. Watch.


Channel 4s Music Nation returns for second series on Glasgow, grime, bassline and more
Oct 20, 2014 9:33am | Fact Magazine

Art school pop and South Asian ravers in the spotlight.

There’s long been a dearth of decent music programming on UK television, but at least Channel 4 has been pulling its weight this year, both with the recently launched Four To The Floor magazine show and this spring’s six-part Music Nation series, which delved into the stories behind some of the country’s unique subcultures, from garage to Bristol bass to jungle.

The good news is that a new series of Music Nation will kick off on November 5, looking back at the impact of London’s grime scene, Northern bassline, the art-school pop of Glasgow and British South Asian ravers from the 1990s, with Dizzee Rascal, Hudson Mohawke and The Jesus and Mary Chain among the artists influenced.

Ravi Amaratunga, executive producer of Dazed Vision, said: “This time we’ve gone bigger, brasher and bolder, tackling more controversies and featuring a more diverse set than ever before. The show is a genuine rarity in television that balances authentic and authored filmmaking in a groundbreaking way.”

First up in the series is Open Mic, directed by Ewen Spencer, the filmmaker behind the UK garage episode from the first series, Brandy & Coke.

Q&A: Normaling
Oct 20, 2014 9:30am | CMJ

Lemz and .rar Kelly can read each other’s minds. The Baltimore duo who go by Normaling told me when I caught up with them recently that they usually find themselves making music while in parallel moods. Call it chance or fate, but this conscious connection results in the kind of kinetic music that plays like a conversation between people who know each other very well.

Normaling recently dropped their Corpus Callosum EP, a six-track collection that ties together strains of Baltimore club, house, hip-hop and Miami bass with some left-brain/right-brain tension. I chatted with the pair about the EP, the future of Baltimore music and Nicholas Cage. We’ve also got the premiere of Normaling’s new mix, Control That Dope, which you can stream below. Catch them this week at CMJ Music Marathon.

When you first start writing a track, what’s your process like? What do you usually start with?
Lemz: Usually, our writing process starts with a Parliament light and a Newport.
.rar Kelly: Thats completely accurate. Whenever Lemz comes over to work on tunes, my dog Murphy immediately runs to the patio door knowing that we will be heading out for a smoke.
Lemz: Dont tell my parents.
.rar Kelly: Hahaha! But seriously, we usually take a moment to discuss what direction we want to take the days session and then go down into Buff...

Watch Jonny Greenwood And The Australian Chamber Orchestra Discuss And Rehearse His New Work Water
Oct 20, 2014 9:27am | StereoGum

Jonny Greenwood has been writing classical music for some time now, and his latest work “Water” is being performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra this fall. Greenwood and orchestra director Richard Tognetti sat down for a fascinating, candid video interview that sheds a lot of light on the project and previews the music. Particularly interesting are Greenwood’s reasons for gravitating toward live orchestral music as opposed to what he does with Radiohead. He finds the act of writing ideas on paper and witnessing other people bring them to life deeply “modern,” which is ironic considering that method predates recording technology by several centuries. Anyhow, the thing is definitely worth watching, so watch below.


POND Elvis Flaming Star Video
Oct 20, 2014 9:21am | StereoGum

Former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook left that band last year to concentrate on fronting his own Aussie psych-rock project, POND. The two bands still share multiple members, though, and you can definitely hear POND as the shaggier, zonked-out cousin to Tame Impala’s technicolor explorations. Today, Allbrook and co. announce a new album, Man It Feels Like Space Again, coming in January. They’ve also shared a lo-fi silly-string-and-water-balloon-fest of a video for glammy, aggressively tuneful lead single “Elvis’ Flaming Star.” It does a good job of capturing both the joy and the weirdness inherent to their music, and you can watch it below.


Hear NYC house duo Frank & Tonys You EP featuring DJ Sprinkles
Oct 20, 2014 9:10am | Fact Magazine

Frank & Tony‘s latest set of 3 EPs took us entirely by surprise.

They’re a well known force in New York house circles, but over here at FACT HQ the duo came out from nowhere with one of our favorite deep offerings in some time. It’s hardly surprising that established legend DJ Sprinkles is involved, and he crops up on the You EP (the first part of the trilogy, followed by Go and Girl) contributing to opener ‘Companion’.

You can hear the whole thing below and our money’s one the sublime ‘Bring the Sun’, which features smokey-voiced Danish Gry on vocals.

You is released on Scissor and Thread today and you can order it here.

Primus Hide Five Golden Tickets (To Free Concerts For Life) In Their New Willy Wonka Tribute LP
Oct 20, 2014 9:10am | StereoGum

’90s funk-rock goofs Primus have long histories with intense whimsy and with top hats, and it should not shock you that their new album Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble is an LP-length Willy Wonka tribute. The album reimagines the soundtrack to 1971′s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and the band is extended that tribute by including five golden tickets in five random copies of the record. If you get one of the tickets, you get free tickets to any Primus show for life (or, you know, until the band breaks up again). And so maybe that’s a valuable enough prize for your father to push his factory workers to overtime opening up vinyl copies of the album; your call. Watch a trailer video below.


HSY prepping debut LP, filmed a live video for new song "Acid Peel," playing CMJ this week
Oct 20, 2014 9:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Toronto sludge punks HSY put out the "Cyber Bully" b/w "Phantasm Blast" single earlier this year, and they've recently finished their debut LP which will come out at some point via Buzz Records. Ahead of that, they've filmed a high quality live video of one of the new songs, "Acid Peel" (dir. Chris Chami), a terrifically dark track with driving Psychocandy-style drums, murky distorted guitars, and vocals that go from a goth baritone to deathly screams. The video premieres in this post and can be watched below.

As discussed, they'll be touring with fellow Toronto band/Buzz labelmates The Beverleys, and that tour hits NYC for the Buzz CMJ showcase on Thursday (10/23) at Shea Stadium with Weaves, Vulture Shit, Mexican Slang and Muuy Biien ($5 at the door).

Speaking of, Weaves recently dropped a new track too. Stream that, with the new HSY video and list of tour dates, below...

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