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Capitol Hill Block Party 2014 lineup & tix (A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Spoon, War on Drugs, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen & more)
Apr 16, 2014 7:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party is returning this year from July 25-27, and the initial lineup has been announced. It includes A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Spoon, The War on Drugs, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Chromeo, Matt & Kim and more. 3-day passes are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

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Luke Abbott announces UK live dates plus London support slot with Tyondai Braxton
Apr 16, 2014 7:54am | Fact Magazine

Border Community producer packs up his synths and heads out on the road.

After revealing details of his second album Wysing Forest, due on June 23, Norfolk-born analogue addict Luke Abbott has lined up a string of live dates for the summer.

As well headline dates in London, Totnes, Glasgow and Manchester (with support from Erased Tapes’ Rival Consoles), he’ll open for ex-Battles musician Tyondai Braxton’s collaborative HIVE performance at London’s Oval Space in May.

Abbott also recently went back to The Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire (where the album was made) to record a live, improvised interpretation of first cut ‘Amphis’  watch the performance below and admire his taste in crocheted homewares.

Tour dates:

May 20 London, Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE performance at Oval Space
June 21 Totnes South Devon Arts Centre
June 23  Glasgow, Mono
June 25 Manchester, Kraak Gallery
June 26 London, St. Pancras Church

Hans Zimmer to score Batman vs. Superman film
Apr 16, 2014 7:51am | Cosequence Of Sound

When it comes to scoring superhero movies, Hans Zimmer is like a one-man Justice League. Since the mid-2000s, he’s provided the music for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises), Iron Man, Megamind (it totally counts), Man of Steel, and, the forthcoming sequel toThe Amazing Spider-Man. Not since John Williams himself has one man had such a profound impact on the superhero genre.

Now, in an interview with Digital Spy, Zimmer’s revealed that he’s reuniting with director Zack Snyder to score the Man of Steel follow-up, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. (Or, as the A.V. Club has come to calling it, Man Of Steel 2: This One Has Batman In It.)

“Weve already had a couple of chats,” Zimmer said, referring to conversations with Snyder. “Once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about (Nolan’s “secretive sci-fi epic” Interstellar) I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas.”

While no music has been put to paper, Zimmer mentioned that he’ll be coming up with a new theme for this take on the Batman franchise. (Which makes sense, given Ben Affleck’s meant to portray a slightly older, more grizzled Caped Cr...

Listen: Girl Band The Cha Cha Cha
Apr 16, 2014 7:45am | The Line Of Best Fit

Dublins own Girl Band are an all-male punk foursome who have been steadily gaining crescent popularity, especially after the release of their sore, slow-burning single, Lawman. Lasting more than six minutes, the track was a crescendo of frying-pan guitars and yelping vocals, so it’s quite surprising how the band steer away from it completely on new single, The Cha Cha Cha.

Girl Ban are set to release this exclusive track via Any Other City Records on flexidisc for Record Store Day 2014, limited to 100 box-mounted copies. Clocking in at exactly 25 seconds, the hardcore thrasher is an unstoppable and derailing train of chugging drums and maddening fiery guitar and bass. The track, apparently inspired by Sam Cooke’s suave “Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha”,  lets vocalist Dara Kiely screech and interpret the all-too-common experience of a girl rejecting and laughing off a guy’s awkward efforts to amuse her. The track is pungent and lean, and might hit home for some.

Girl Band undertake a European tour, which also includes two shows during Brightons The Great Escape festival (8-10 May) and a free show at London’s The Lock Tavern Festival this Saturday (19 April).

Further dates here:

23 May – Life Festival, Mullinga...

Django Django Porpoise Song (The Monkees Cover)
Apr 16, 2014 7:38am | StereoGum

The Monkees were a made-for-TV band designed to capitalize on the Beatles’ popularity and to engage in wacky sitcom hijinks. But in 1968, they made Head, a movie that’s earned a rep as one of the deepest, weirdest psychedelic nuggets of its era. (Jack Nicholson co-wrote it.) British postpunkers Django Django are the latest act to put together their own moody mix for the Late Night Tales compilation series, and for the collection’s sole new track, they’ve recorded a cover of “Porpoise Song,” one of the many starry-eyed oddities on the Monkees’ Head soundtrack. (It’s the first Monkees single that didn’t make the top 40.) In their version, Django Django stay true to the original’s melody and feel, but they also find room for some tricky, krautrock-esque rhythmic play. Hear their version below.


Watch Neneh Cherry Play Jools Holland
Apr 16, 2014 7:34am | StereoGum

The BBC’s live-music show Later With Jools Holland just began its newest season, and one of its first guests was Neneh Cherry, who just returned with the Four Tet-produced Blank Project, her first solo album in 18 years. Cherry is Swedish, not British, but she recorded her earliest tracks in the UK and found her greatest success there, and her circa-”Buffalo Stance” tough-chick persona has informed a few different generations of London musicians, so it’s cool to see her back on British TV. On the show, she did the album’s intense, devotional title track, while the London duo Rocketnumbernine backed her up. Watch the performance below.


AC/DC's Brian Johnson denies retirement rumours
Apr 16, 2014 7:23am | NME
"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," says frontman

Neil Youngs Pono music player is the third most successful Kickstarter in history
Apr 16, 2014 7:11am | Fact Magazine

The third most successful campaign in the crowdfunding website’s history.

After reaching its goal of $800,000 just 10 hours after going live, the Kickstarter campaign for Neil Young’s Pono music player has ended on a total of more than $6 million.

Several pledges tied to rewards received full backing, including Pono players pre-loaded with music and carrying autograph inscriptions by Metallica, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam and Young himself. Two backers even went for the top-priced $5,000 pledge, which includes dinner and a VIP listening parties with Young.

Most of the pledges will result in a purchase of the first edition Pono Player, a prism-shaped device that plays high-quality FLAC music files from the Pono Music online store.

“On behalf of Pono, we thank you for helping us give music a voice,” Young wrote in thanks. “You have helped to set the stage for a revolution in music listening. Finally, quality enters the listening space so that we can all hear and feel what the artists created, the way they heard and felt it.”

Pono Players are expected to go into production for the general market in late summer 2014, but a mystery still hangs over the size of the sales cut Pono will take from artists.

RZA confirms Raekwon will not appear on Wu-Tang Clan's 'A Better Tomorrow'
Apr 16, 2014 7:09am | NME
But he will appear on one-off 'The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin' album

Yagya, one of technos best-kept secrets, introduces his new album Sleepygirls
Apr 16, 2014 7:04am | Fact Magazine

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Icelandic producer Yagya has been one of techno’s best-kept secrets for over a decade now.

Creating some of dub-techno’s most atmospheric modern works in Rigning and The Rhythm of Snow, this year Yagya signed to Delsin for the release of his fifth album, Sleepygirls - released on May 12. We spoke to Yagya to find out more about the record; we’re also premiering a track from it, ‘Sleepygirl 6′.

Sleepygirls is your first album for Delsin. How did the move come about?

When I was working on The Inescapable Decay of my Heart Marsel, the label owner, invited me to send him a demo. Understandably that album didn’t fit Delsin, but at least we became friends on Facebook. So when I was trying to finish Sleepygirls in Autumn 2013, I sent Marsel my demo and he was up for in releasing it. Delsin seemed like the right choice, and soon I was racing against a deadline, since the album wasn’t nearly done. But I love deadlines, especially for music since it’s not easy to tell when it is finished or not. I missed th...

Puff Daddy to receive honorary degree
Apr 16, 2014 6:46am | NME
Rapper will receive special honour at Washington DC's Howard University next month (May)

Watch: SLK Be
Apr 16, 2014 6:45am | The Line Of Best Fit

London alt-soul singer-songwriter SLK prepares for the release of her debut EP Form later this month with the release of the video for “Be”. A marriage of ordinary images and extraordinary audio ensues.

If her debut single, “Ride”, was the first indication that SLK (pronounced “Silk”) was going to jump aboard the female alt-soul conveyor belt currently being ridden by the likes of FKA Twigs and Banks, then follow-up, “Be” – with its brooding beats and rippling basslines providing the undercurrent for her soulful and commanding pipes – was going to ensure she couldn’t be ignored.

The video for “Be”, directed by Matthew Connell, sees the singer almost as a stranger allying herself with other outsiders, but always in everyday settings: in and around an estate, inside a launderette. What it does best of all is allow the song to carry the weight as well as tell a story, an arguable rarity in music videos.

“Be” is taken from SZA’s EP Form, released on Prism Records next month (available on iTunes from 26 May).

Catch SLK at Birthdays, London on 17 June (EP launch).

FACT mix 436: Happa
Apr 16, 2014 6:34am | Fact Magazine

Happa, in case you weren’t aware, is really young.

And if you read magazines like FACT, why wouldn’t you be aware? Everything penned about the teenage techno producer refers to his age, and with good reason. Techno – particularly techno of the noisey, industrial variety that Happa leans towards – is so often the pursuit of the old, the bald, and the boring, that it’s great to have some young blood breathing some life into it.

Sure, Happa wasn’t the first: Blawan’s DNA is splattered all over his records, for one, but his tracks have a youthful enthusiasm to them that’s impossible to resist – a ‘yes, this is fucking it!‘ grin and clenched fists like the first time you realised that a distorted kick drum could be life-changing. And when you pair that gleeful, wide-eyed quality with chops that are well beyond Happa’s, yes, young years, you get something really special – no wonder the likes of Four Tet and R&S tapped him for remixes at 15.

Happa’s FACT mix – recorded ahead of his appearance at April’s Blueprint party, presented by The Hydra with sets also coming from Shed, Trade (Blawan & Surgeon), James Ruskin – starts with Godspeed You! Black Emperor before beating you into sheer sensory nirvana with tracks from J Tijn, Blacknecks and more. Then, after a break for Sonic Youth and Cromagnon &#8211...

Enter the Slasher House
Apr 16, 2014 6:23am | Fact Magazine

Available on: Domino

Dave Avey Tare Portners solo work has, so far, paled when placed next to that of his Animal Collective partner Panda Bear. The latters 2007 album Person Pitch was a gentle revelation, submerging tumbling Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies in deep lagoons of echo and reverb, a sound that Animal Collective would further explore and expand on their breakthrough album Merriweather Post Pavilion. Portner, meanwhile, has used his solo beat to explore gloomy catharsis (see 2010s Down There) and bewildering sonic trickery (2007s backwards album Pullhair Ribeye, recorded with then wife Kria Brekkan of the group Múm), the results occasionally diverting but next to the work of his parent group, hardly memorable.

His new band Avey Tares Slasher Flicks, though, feels like a project fit to stand on its own two feet. Conceived during a bout of convalescence at home between tours, Portner found himself sketching out a number of new songs on acoustic guitar. Rather than recording them alone, though, he decided to work them into a new group, with girlfriend Angel Deradoorian (formerly of Dirty Projectors) on keyboard and Jeremy Hyman (a free-leaning percussionist who has played with Ponytail, Dan Deacon and The Boredoms) on drums. There is an entertaining shtick A group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013s rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalis...

Stream Great God Pan from Sd Laikas incredible debut album Thats Harakiri
Apr 16, 2014 6:10am | Fact Magazine

A treat from the Milwaukee producer’s forthcoming Tri Angle debut.

Sd Laika releases That’s Harakiri next week, his jaw-droppingly original full-length follow-up to 2012′s much-hyped Unknown Vectors EP.

Comprised of material from 2011 and 2012 that producer had “convinced himself would never see the light of day”, the album takes remnants of grime and funky and twists, tweaks and prods them into freakish and disorientating new forms.

After unveiling ‘Meshes’ in February, the producer born Peter Runge has now revealed the second track from the album, ‘Great God Pan’, streaming below.

Hear samples of the whole album via Amazon and grab That’s Harakiri from April 28 on vinyl, CD and digital.

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