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SXSW announces first round of 2015 showcasing artists
Oct 22, 2014 10:32am | Brooklyn Vegan

Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.

Full round 1 announced acts listed below.

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Sia covers Youre Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile for Annie remake listen
Oct 22, 2014 10:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

On December 19th, a new adaptation of Annie that updates its original Depression-era setting to present day New York City will hit theaters. With the film’s modern setting comes a modern soundtrack featuring three songs by Sia, including a collaboration with Beck. As a preview of the release, Sia’s first contribution to the film has been unveiled: a modern reimagining of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile”, a classic number from the 1977 musical.

Sia has almost entirely reworked the song, giving it a glossy and 21st century sheen. Along with booming pop production also comes new lyrics. While I’m not too familiar with the original source material, I’m fairly certain the girls at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage didn’t kick off the song with, “America, let’s turn it up!” That said, Sia’s a pleasant take on a classic musical and might just introduce a new generation to Broadway. Listen in below (via Stereogum).

The film was directed by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits) and executive produced by Jay Z and Will Smith. It stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie and features Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, along with Jamie Foxx as 2014’s answer to Daddy Warbucks, Will Stacks. The film’s official soundtrack is out on November 17th via Roc Nation Records / Madison Gate Records.

Annie Original Soundtrack Tracklist

CMJ day 1 pics: Peter Matthew Bauer, Lydia Ainsworth, Doprah, The #1s, Happyness, J. Fernandez & more
Oct 22, 2014 10:26am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Peter Matthew Bauer @ Baby's / Lydia Ainsworth @ Union Pool, CMJ 10/21/2014

CMJ got underway here in NYC on Tuesday (10/21) and our intrepid photographer Amanda Hatfield was out all day covering the action. She started at Tell All Your Friends' day party at Baby's All Right with sets from local psych-pop band Spires, hotly-tipped UK at MONEY, another UK band Happyness (one of our 20 out-of-town bands to see) and former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer.

Doprah @ The Studio at Webster Hall 10/21/2014

Next was was a trip into the city for the annual New Zealand Showcase (now at The Studio @ Webster Hall): Chelsea Jade spent much of her set singing amongst the crowd; Doprah have drawn comparisons to Portishead and The xx which aren't entirely unwarranted.

The #1s @ Union Pool 10/21/2014

Finally it was off to Union Pool for YVNYL's showcase with Irish powerpop band The #1s, Montreal rockers HEAT, the crystalline guitar pop of Chicago's J. Fernandez, and Toronto-based classically trained singer-songwriter Lydia Ainsworth. The latter's set included a string section, though it got off to a late start due to technical difficulties.

Pictures from all bands mentioned h...

A Pregnant Light Fresh Flower Offering (Purple Night) (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 22, 2014 10:23am | StereoGum

It’s been pretty amazing to witness the evolution of A Pregnant Light. The one-man project from Grand Rapids, MI, began its life in 2011 as a post-black metal act in America’s vast, loosely connected cassette-trading underground. Back then, the band’s auteur was a shadowy figure who wouldn’t reveal his identity — he went by the handle Deathless Maranatha, and he ran the DIY label Colloquial Sound Recordings, a collective whose equally anonymous associated members included bands like Aksumite, Bound Bible, and This Station Of Life. The man called Deathless Maranatha played in all those bands, too: In Aksumite, he was credited as Dukula Menelek; in Bound Bible, he went by D; in This Station Of Life, he was credited as Master. At some point over the last couple years, he decided to reveal himself further, identifying himself as Damian Master and establishing a consistently hilarious Twitter presence where he shares selfies, incisive critiques of pop culture, and random thoughts that are both self-aggrandizing and self-aware — for example: “Ask yourself, who has the best and most consistent melodies? And sickest riffs? Anyone that’s not me, sit your ass down.” He’s not wrong! APL have been a hook factory since Day 1, and as Master’s public persona has evolved, so too has his music. Master has always referred to A Pregnant Light as purveyors of “purple metal”: That’s his coinage, and Stereogum/B...

Devo to release long lost live album, Miracle Witness Hour
Oct 22, 2014 10:10am | Cosequence Of Sound

In 1977, Devo played an intimate show at The Eagle Street Saloon, a “biker bar turned total dive” in Cleveland, Ohio. Though the show was recorded for release, the corresponding tapes have been left to collect dust in the band’s archives for the last 37 years. Until now — that is. On December 1st, Futurismo will at last release that fabled show under a distinctly Devo title, Miracle Witness Hour.

Each album track has been completely remastered by the band. The album will be available on 180 gram colored vinyl and as a Digipak CD. The LP’s outer sleeve has been die-cut, which reverses to reveal a second inner sleeve that contains rare and unreleased band photos and all-new liner notes penned by singer Gerald Casale. That’s the cover artwork above.

According to a press release, Miracle Witness Hour offers a “rare glimpse into the embryonic stages of the groundbreaking band,” adding, “This album  boasts primal versions of the bands most recalled avant-pop songs such as ‘Jocko Homo’ and ‘Mongoloid’ moments before Brian Eno got his hands on them, juxtaposed against some of their rarer experimental gems. Like surrealist preachers transmitting a challenge to the preconceptions of pop music, its the playful live imperfections in this recording that genuinely make the Miracle Witness Hour an original and intimate experience – so intim...

SXSW reveals preliminary music lineup for 2015
Oct 22, 2014 10:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

South by Southwest returns to Austin, Texas between March 13th and 22nd. The music portion, specifically, takes place March 17th through 22nd, and today, organizers revealed a preliminary list of the acts set to play official showcases over the course of the week.

Among the notable names are The Dodos, Jessie Ware, The Pop Group, Thee Oh Sees, Carl Barat and The Jackals, Twin Peaks, The Twilight Sad, The Big Pink, Ben Kweller, Mew, Courtney Barnett, Twerps, Black Milk, Bishop Nehru, Alvvays, Pharmakon, Lust For Youth, Dry the River, Hey Marseilles, Moon Duo, The Octopus Project, Sleep Over, Ume, The Stone Foxes, Jonathan Toubin, Warm Soda, Natural Child, The Lonely Wild, Civil Twilight, Cheerleader, and Angus & Julia Stone. In all, over 1,000 acts will perform in Austin during SXSW.

Meanwhile, actor and director Mark Duplass has been announced as one of the keynotes speakers for SXSW’s film portion.

Badges to attend SXSW are now on sale through the festival’s website.

The Hydra announces massive three-day New Year party with Erol Alkan, Four Tet B2B Daphni, Dixon and more
Oct 22, 2014 10:01am | Fact Magazine

A stupidly huge NYE/NYD bash.

London party promoters The Hydra will round off a season of top-flight nights at Wapping’s Studio Spaces with a three-day party stretched over three events to see you in to 2015, and it’s the most bonkers line-up we think we’ve ever seen.

The New Year blowout kicks off on December 31 (as is traditional) with a Bugged Out night led by Erol Alkan, who’ll say goodbye to 2014 alongside Daniel Avery, newcomer Ghost Culture, Morgan Hammer and Brendan Long, with two more big names to be announced at a later date.

The formidable pairing of Four Tet and Daphni will then go back-to-back for a serious eight-hour set taking you through to 2pm on New Year’s Day, hosted by Eat Your Own Ears.

Finally Electric Minds will take the reins for a 12-hour marathon headlined by Innervisions staple Dixon with support from Barcelona’s John Talabot, NYC deep house expert Levon Vincent and esteemed techno bod Move D. John Roberts and Christian Loeffler will bring their hardware along for live sets, while Dolan Bergin completes the final stretch.

All three parties takes place at Studio Spaces in Wapping  grab tickets via

SXSW 2015 Initial Band List Revealed
Oct 22, 2014 9:56am | StereoGum

The musical component of SXSW 2015 is going down March 17-22 in Austin, and the first round of performers was announced this morning. Among the most notable names on the docket: Reigning Album Of The Week winner Jessie Ware, Pharmakon, Thee Oh Sees, Courtney Barnett, Bishop Nehru, Mew, Alvvways, Twerps, the Twilight Sad, Carl Barat and The Jackals, the very much not incarcerated Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts, and recent Bands To Watch Ballet School, Happyness, and Twin Peaks. The full list is below for your perusal, and if it’s not to your liking, remember that (1) many more officially sanctioned artists will be announced eventually and (2) even more will appear at unofficial events in Austin — everyone from anonymous garage-rock scrappers at dive bars to world-famous pop stars at massive corporate-sponsored events. Consider this list your appetizer.


Bloom is back: stream a track from the grime producers massive Hydraulics EP
Oct 22, 2014 9:54am | Fact Magazine

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The Irish producer returns after an 18 month hiatus.

Bloom was one of the first talents to emerge as part of a new wave of grime producers; his groundbreaking ‘Quartz’ was our favorite grime track of 2012 and has inspired its fair share of the scene’s tracks.

The producer released Maze Temple for Visionists Lost Codes label last Spring but has been relatively quiet since. That will change next month when he links up with Bristol’s Crazylegs for the Hydraulics EP: four tracks of meticulously mechanical grime that live up to its title.

Loaded with the guns-and-laser duels, metallic whir and buzz, and brutal squarewave synths of his earlier work, Hydraulics does not disappoint; stream ‘The Menagerie’ below for a taste.

The EP is due out on November 10 on 12″ and digital. For more Bloom, check out his FACT mix from last year.

Hear Rusties sparkling VIP version of Lost
Oct 22, 2014 9:52am | Fact Magazine

Rustie has unveiled a VIP of ‘Lost’, a track from his recent album Green Language that features Numbers’ talkbox manipulator-in-chief Redinho.

The refix transforms ‘Lost’ from a perky, vocal-led summer jam into a hyperactive club track that’s all elbows and knees, and sweetened with a dash of filter house silliness.

Stream it below. Read Angus Finlayson’s review of Green Language and see what FACT picked as the 10 best Rustie tracks.

FULL SCREEN: Ought party in the laundromat, Dilly Dally are the wizards of smoke
Oct 22, 2014 9:50am | Chart Attack
Full Screen collects all of the remarkable videos we've seen in the last 24 hours. 

Ought, "New Calm, Pt. 2"

On this track taken from Ought's new EP, Tim Beeler flexes his anarchist bookstore prophet's disposition over the group's barrelling post-punk, with a bit of wry hypeman and, near the end to hilarious effect, ignored conductor. We can feel good about what's to come from them. The song's video takes a couple of skeletal set pieces - a laundromat, a children's birthday party around a pinata - and pulls a surprising amount of emotion from them. Perhaps it's the band's ballet practice room performance and that small, effective touch of fourth-wall breaking that helps it last well past the video's seven minutes.

Ought's new EP Once More With Feeling is out now via Constellation.

Dilly Dally, "Candy Mountain"

We finally have the answer to what caused Toronto's fog machine juice drought: Dilly Dally, and their roving gang of undergrads. You may have to squint to make out the industrial setting even though it's flooded with pink lights and a garage sale. But as you can hear in the band's wailing, they know how to hold a room. For more proof, watch them perform both "Candy Mountain" and "Green" for NOISEMAKERS in another place with a lot of metal beams.

Dilly Dally's Candy Mountain 7" is out now via Fat Possum/Buzz Records.

Todd Terje, "Delorea...

Music Is Great: The Crookes, MONEY, Spring King, Longfellows @ Rough Trade: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 9:48am | CMJ

Acts from Great Britain were highlighted (get it — Great Britain, “Music is Great”) last night at Rough Trade, a company begun in the UK. Their new-ish store/venue in Williamsburg is quickly becoming a Brooklyn fave show spot, and this full-up show was another notch in that belt. The Crookes, MONEY, Spring King, Longfellows led the charge.

Photos by Elke Nominikat

The post Music Is Great: The Crookes, MONEY, Spring King, Longfellows @ Rough Trade: October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

Stream Tkay Maidza Switch Tape
Oct 22, 2014 9:45am | StereoGum

Rapper/singer/producer Tkay Maidza hails from in Australia via Zimbabwe, and she makes music covers even more ground than that. If Maidza’s “U-Huh” video wasn’t enough to affirm that she’s worthy of our collective attention — it was — the new Switch Tape seals the deal. Over the course of originals, remixes, and Maidza’s features on other people’s tracks, it presents a wildly adventurous talent. Before the thing is even halfway finished she samples the “Fuck every question you askin’!” part from “Black Skinhead,” approximates PC Music’s more-human-than-human electro-pop, and glides over neon house music. Switch Tape, indeed. Listen or download below, where you can also watch the “U-Huh” video.


Stream: Wild Smiles debut album Always Tomorrow
Oct 22, 2014 9:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

Winchester garage rock outfit Wild Smiles will release their debut album, Always Tomorrow, on October 27th via Sunday Best Recordings. Ahead of the official street date, it’s streaming in full below.

After releasing their 2013 debut EP,Take Me Away, the band spent the majority of the year on the road. When they finally made their way back into the studio, they brought along new punk influences, a desire to write classic tracks, and a new found perception on life.

Spanning 11 tracks, the resulting album addresses “issues that most other young bands are too scared or ignorant of to approach,” according to a press release. It goes on to say that “the album traces a thematic arc of growing up and getting out, the struggles of the debt-heavy, priced-out youth generation.”

Pre-orders are ongoing.

Always Tomorrow Tracklist
01. Fool For You
02. Never Wanted This
03. Always Tomorrow
04. Everyone’s The Same
05. Hold On
06. The Best Four Years
07. The Gun
08. Figure It Out
09. Girlfriend
10. See You Again
11. I’m Gone

South Africa: Jessica Mbangeni, Yolanda Yawa, Christian Tiger School, Beatenberg @ Hotel Chantelle: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 9:38am | CMJ

CMJ Music Marathon brought South Africa to New York City’s Hotel Chantelle with high energy sets from folk quartet Jessica Mbangeni, electro duo Christian Tiger School, singer Yolanda Yawa and rollicking pop group Beatenberg.

Photos by Richard Perkins and Elena Ruyter.

The post South Africa: Jessica Mbangeni, Yolanda Yawa, Christian Tiger School, Beatenberg @ Hotel Chantelle: October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

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