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Here are all 20 videos on the Prism Prize long-list
Feb 9, 2016 9:00am | Chart Attack

The long-list is out for the Prism Prize, the annual juried award to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada, and more specifically their directors. Over 120 jurors from the music and film industry, as well as web and print journalists, were given a set of criteria - originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution - and used it to select the 20 best Canadian music videos of 2015.

Usually the Prism Prize skips straight to the top 10 shortlist, but, accouding to Prism Prize director/founder Louis Calabro, the pool was too strong this year to contain it. "This was the best year for Canadian music videos ever, and a Top Ten list just couldn't capture all the talent," he says in a press release. So, along with an inflated prize of $10,000, we can watch more great videos. And all of them are below!

It's an interesting mix of had-to-be-theres (Grimes and "Hotline Bling"), pleasant surprises (Braids and Harrison), and repeat nominees (PUP with their go-to team of Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack, and director Chad VanGaalen, who won it all last year for Timber Timbre's "Beat The Drum Slowly").

The Prism Prize Top Ten will be announced on Tuesday, March 22. On Sunday, May 15, 2016 the Prism Prize Screening and Awards Presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox will include a screening of the Top Ten videos, and award presentations. If Peaches makes it, they might have t...

Heaven's Jail announce new album 'Widow's Work' (listen to the title track), playing Union Hall
Feb 9, 2016 8:57am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Heaven's Jail

NYC band Heaven's Jail have been going since the late '00s, led by Francesco Ferorelli -- a New York native who brings an undeniable dusty Midwest flavor to his songs. The band are back with their fourth album, Widow's Work, which is the follow-up to 2014's Ace Called Zero (which was produced by Phosphorescent), and it'll be out May 7. You don't have to wait till then to hear the title track to Widow's Work, it premieres in this post. Francesco told us a little about it:

The title track is a monograph about loss and complicity. A two way street of control and abuse. It's about being entangled in a situation in which your contempt for someone is only matched by your contempt for yourself. It's about being critical of someone or something but feeling like you don't have the right to because of something you've done. It also articulates the theme of the album "widow's work", which is a term I've coined for the work that happens in the wake of a tragedy or life altering event. A personal tragedy like the death of a loved one which inspired the title, but also in a more abstract sense how to grapple with a catastrophic history? For example: why write songs at all after Bob Dylan already wrote so many great ones?
Francesco also adds, "Like all of our songs it pl...

Thundercat shares untitled track featuring Mono/Poly
Feb 9, 2016 8:54am | Fact Magazine

Now this song is about having a basically when you get stuck I dont know, do I just play it?

Thundercat has shared a new, untitled tune featuring his regular collaborators Mono/Poly, including a recent instrumental tribute to Paris of November’s attacks. While there is no official word on the release, the L.A. artist, né Stephen Burner played it on a recent appearance on Sydney’s FBi Radio while promoting an upcoming festival appearance.

Hear the track at around 14 minutes in.

[via Pitchfork]

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Ciara Sues Future For $15M
Feb 9, 2016 8:50am | StereoGum
Future and CiaraA couple of years ago, Future and Ciara were engaged to each other, and they were maybe the most beautiful celebrity couple on the face of the earth. It didn't last. Future and Ciara went through a nasty breakup in 2014, but not before welcoming a baby boy that they named Future. These days, … More »

NOX Formulae Hidden Clan NXN Pt. A. Eleven Rays Of Sorat, Pt. B. Black Magic Assault
Feb 9, 2016 8:46am | StereoGum
noxformulaeUnderground black metal has a notorious penchant for strange obsessions, as seen in the unorthodox title of NOX Formulae's first single: "Hidden Clan NXN - Pt. A. Eleven Rays Of Sorat, Pt. B. Black Magic Assault." Unsurprisingly, the band is a complete unknown, hailing from somewhere in Greece and signed to Dark Descent Records, which … More »

The National announce tour dates for 2016
Feb 9, 2016 8:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Philip Cosores

This summer, The National will play a number of shows both in the US and abroad. They’ve lined up festival gigs in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. In the US, meanwhile, they’ll headline a benefit show at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts in June. The following month they’ll play the iconic Red Rocks with Real Estate. See the confirmed schedule below.

As of last November, The National are not expected to release a new album in 2016. However, frontman Matt Berninger did say the band plans to debut some songs live.

The National 2016 Tour Dates:
03/19 – Auckland, NZ @ Auckland City Limits
03/25 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay Bluesfest
06/11 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
06/23 – Odense, DK @ Tinderbox Festival
06/24 – Beuningen, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
07/12 – Pistoia, IT @ Pistoia Blues Festival
07/14 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
07/17 – Dublin, IE @ Longitude Festival
07/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
07/29 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre *
07/31 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^

* = w/ The Lone Bellow
^ = w/ Real Estate

Ciara files $15 million lawsuit against Future
Feb 9, 2016 8:29am | Fact Magazine

Ciara has reportedly filed a hefty lawsuit against her ex Future for defamation and slander.

According to TMZ Ciara filed the lawsuit against Future in Georgia Court on January 21, accusing him of making ‘several false and defamatory statements’ in the press over the past year about her and her ability to be a mother to their son Future Jr.

In January, in a series of tweets, Future accused Ciara of restricting access to their son. He has also made comments in interviews about Ciara’s relationship with new boyfriend, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, including poking fun at their abstinence vows.

Ciara’s primary demands, according to TMZ, are to have “all his nasty tweets deleted, and wants him blocked from saying anything about private family matters regarding baby Future.” This lawsuit comes after Future spent a stretch of time with their son, who appeared in multiple videos on Future’s Snapchat all through last week.

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Kyle Forester Wont Go Crazy (Stereogum Premiere)
Feb 9, 2016 8:25am | StereoGum
Kyle Forester - Kyle ForesterCrystal Stilts were one of the more underrated entrants into indie rock's great "Crystal" band names movement of late last decade, perhaps because gloomy jangles like "Crippled Croon" were less visceral than hits by nomenclature bedfellows Crystal Castles and Crystal Antlers. As recently as two years ago they were still kicking out quality … More »

Beyoncés Stylist Confirms New Album
Feb 9, 2016 8:23am | StereoGum
BeyonceWell, it looks like it's happening. There's a new Beyoncé album, a follow-up to the great 2013 self-titled LP, on the way. It's not that much of a surprise. Over the weekend, Beyoncé shared a video for the new song "Formation." Then, after performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, she More »

Kanye West changes album title (again) to "T.L.O.P." (guess what it stands for to win tix to the premiere event)
Feb 9, 2016 8:22am | Brooklyn Vegan

Kanye West

Kanye West changed the title of his new album from So Help Me God to Swish to Waves, and now he's changed it once again. The initials are "T.L.O.P." and he's running a bit of a contest with it. If you can guess what the initials stand for, you get free tickets to Yeezy Season 3 and a free pair of Yeezys (his line of shoes).

As you probably know, Yeezy Season 3 is the fashion show he's throwing at MSG on Thursday (2/11) at 4 PM where he's also debuting the new album. Tickets to attend the event are still available. For less money, you can get tickets to stream it live in theaters. In NYC, tickets are still available for the screening at AMC Loews Kips Bay 15.

Pictured above is Kanye's fake Rolling Stone cover.

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Breadwoman rises: The making of a modern mystic
Feb 9, 2016 8:12am | Fact Magazine

“Do you remember her singing to you, when you were a little one afraid of the dark?

“She is singing to you now. She will gather you up with the warm arms of her voice and hold you as quietly as sleep in the cave of her heart… She is listening now, the old one, the first and last of an ancient race. Almost all have forgotten her, buried deep within our common soil, speaking in the mother tongue, singing the root songs of formation and of nourishment.” [From the liner notes to the original Breadwoman cassette, 1985]

Breadwoman was a multidisciplinary creation by Los Angeles performance artist and Anna Homler and composer Steve Moshier, who collaborated in 1985 on a privately dubbed and distributed cassette, now reissued by RVNG Intl. with additional material. A stunning document of modern mysticism and rhythmic synthesis, it has touchstones of familiarity for anyone interested in the underground sound art scenes that produced Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley, Annea Lockwood, or Laurie Spiegel, but filters it all though a calming balm, balancing the pinging waves of Moshier’s echolocational electronics with the soft vocal of a mysterious, matronly spectre singing lullabies to frightened children. Drawing on visual media, performance art, and sound recordings, Breadwoman stands out among the sound art of the era because of its malleability. Homler herself agrees: “A lot of the people I’ve wor...

Slum Village touring, including shows with Guilty Simpson, Black Milk & Phat Kat (dates)
Feb 9, 2016 8:10am | Brooklyn Vegan

Slum Village
Slum Village

Detroit rap group Slum Village, whose late member J Dilla is about to be celebrated in NYC on Saturday (2/13), have announced an international tour for this year. The U.S. dates are with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson, who played together in Random Axe with the late Sean Price. They also include Phat Kat, who worked with Dilla and Black Milk a lot (and has worked with Guilty Simpson too), and a set by Slum Village's Young RJ under his Blaq RoyalT moniker.

One of those U.S. shows happens in NYC on April 19 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (2/10) at noon.

Last year, Slum Village released Yes! and Guilty Simpson released Detroit's Son. Black Milk's last album is 2014's If There's A Hell Below. Stream stuff off all three of those albums, with the list of tour dates, below...

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Mac DeMarco Accepts Ryan Paris Offer To Collaborate
Feb 9, 2016 8:09am | StereoGum
Mac DeMarcoYou might not know who Ryan Paris is. That's OK. We're here to fill you in. Paris is an Italian musician, who, in 1983, had a huge international hit with a dinky, fun synthpop track called "Dolce Vita." Here's the quintessentially early-'80s video: … More »

Del The Funky Homosapien announces 2016 tour dates
Feb 9, 2016 8:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Deltron 3030 at Prospect Park in 2014 (more by David Andrako)
Deltron 3030

The great underground rap vet Del The Funky Homosapien of Hieroglyphics, Deltron 3030, the first Gorillaz album and much more, is heading out on a lengthy solo tour this year. The newly-added spring run is with DJ Shiftee.

The tour hits NYC on May 7 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/12) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with some classic Del songs, below...

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Kanyes Latest Album Title: Initials Are T.L.O.P.?
Feb 9, 2016 7:49am | StereoGum
Kanye WestLook: We're sick of writing about Kanye West's new album title just as much as you're sick of reading about it. But the man keeps teasing this mythical album title, and as long as he keeps doing that, we're going to have to keep reporting on it. It's just the way it is. And anyway, … More »

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