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Björks next music video will be available on Oculus Rift
Mar 2, 2015 2:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Björk hasn’t made a name for herself by doing the expected. Her 2013 album, Biophilia, was not only released as a fascinating series of digital apps, but also spawned an elaborate, forward-thinking global tour comprising various multimedia effects, stage set-ups, and show-stopping costumes. The Icelandic artist is looking to up the ante once more with her forthcoming music video for Vulnicura standout “Stonemilker”.

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, who previously worked on Björk’s “Mutual Core” video and her forthcoming MoMA exhibition centerpiece Black Lake, the visual will be available on Oculus Rift. In a recent interview, Björk spoke about her decision to use the virtual reality platform: “Its easy to get really intimate [with virtual reality]. Its almost more intimate than real life. It also has this crazy panoramic quality. I think its really exciting.”

She added, “When I did the app album, it was all based on touch screens and the fact that I knew I could [create a virtual] music school, a dream since my childhood. I only did that album because I felt like I had content that made sense, that could relate to the technology. It cant just be working with the gadget for the sake of the gadget. But also its about budgets. You can do apps cheaply. Apps was kind of punk, actually. It was like starting a punk band again. ...



Watch: Pujol Manufactured Crisis Control Video
Mar 2, 2015 2:55pm | CMJ


CMJ HQ fave, Pujol, has turned his criminally underrated, 2014, neo-junk shop LP, Kludge (Saddle Creek), into a gift that keeps on giving with periodic, spasmodic videos. This one, for the equally musically spazzy Manufactured Crisis Control, is another one that ought to come with an epilepsy warning. Makes sense, as it was concocted by the found footage collective, Everything Is Terrible.

Quick-shifting image after image (kids at parties, balloons, explosions, Ace Frehley, kittens on motorcycles, maybe even you) blitz through the outline of a cutout figure strutting through nondescript back alleys. I’d say “and that’s it,” but that would be shortchanging yet another inventive visual cornucopia via Nashville’s current king of sound collage pop, Mr. Daniel Pujol.

Check out the video and upcoming tour dates below.

Tour Dates For Pujol:
03/06 – Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records ^
03/07 – Columbia, TN – Variety Records
03/14 – Nashville, TN – Freakin’ Weekend 6 ~
03/16 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas (SXSW) !
03/17 – Austin, TX – Maggie Mae’s (SXSW) %
03/18 – Austin, TX – TBA (SXSW)
03/19 – Austin, TX – Culture Collide at Container Bar (SXSW)
03/19 – Austin, TX – Saddle Creek Day Party at Stay Gold (SXSW)
03/19 – Austin, TX – Infini...



Toronto band Grounders ready debut album (stream a track), playing NYC this week with Twist on way to SXSW
Mar 2, 2015 2:52pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Toronto quartet Grounders sound hazy but are anchored by strong pop hooks. The band's self-titled debut album will be out May 12 via Nevado Music and was made with studio help from members of Broken Social and Absolutely Free. You can stream "Secret Friend," which opens the album, below.

Like a lot of musicians, Grounders are on their way to SXSW and will stop in NYC to play a show on Thursday (3/4) at Cake Shop with fellow Torontonians Twist and Sun Cut Flat. All dates, including the Savannah Stopover, are listed below.

The Cake Shop show is a newly-added date for Twist (which features Brian of Holy Fuck), who played Baby's All Right on Sunday night. Anybody go to that? Twist also play Shea Stadium on March 6.

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Kanye Shares New Kanye-isms In Oxford University Lecture
Mar 2, 2015 2:44pm | StereoGum
Kanye West has been on a tear lately as he promotes his recently confirmed new album So Help Me God. His latest appearance was as a guest lecturer at Oxford University, where 5,000 students entered a lottery for the 350 spots to attend. The lecture, which was hosted by the Oxford Guild Business Society, began […]



A Beck fan purchased Loser.com and made it redirect to Kanye Wests Wikipedia page
Mar 2, 2015 2:44pm | Fact Magazine

One last jab on the rapper following his public apology last week.

If you thought that Kanye West apologizing to Beck on Twitter was the end of the Grammy’s controversy, a quick visit to www.loser.com will change that. Someone, presumably a Beck fan, has purchased the domain name and caused it to redirect to West’s Wikipedia page. Kanye has yet to respond to the joke.

In other news, West revealed his newest single ‘All Day’. Listen to it here.

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A Beck fan who owns Loser.com has made it redirect to Kanye Wests Wikipedia page
Mar 2, 2015 2:44pm | Fact Magazine

One last jab on the rapper following his public apology last week.

If you thought that Kanye West apologizing to Beck on Twitter was the end of the Grammy’s controversy, a quick visit to www.loser.com will change that. Someone, presumably a Beck fan, has purchased the domain name and caused it to redirect to West’s Wikipedia page. Kanye has yet to respond to the joke.

In other news, West revealed his newest single ‘All Day’. Listen to it here.

The post A Beck fan who owns Loser.com has made it redirect to Kanye West’s Wikipedia page appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Depeche Modes Martin Gore announces solo LP, shares Europa Hymn listen
Mar 2, 2015 2:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Martin Gore, co-founder of Depeche Mode, has announced a new solo album under the abbreviated moniker MG. The self-titled effort features 16 instrumental tracks and is due April 28th via Mute Records.

Gore began recording the album in his Santa Barbara, California home following Depeche Mode’s 2013 tour. “I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic, and give it an almost sci-fi like quality,” said Gore in a press release. “Music is a necessity for me. I go into the studio at least five days a week, every week, so once I had the idea and the template, the process was quick and fun.”

The MG handle originated for 2012’s VCMG project with former Mode member Vince Clarke. “As the album is very electronic and has no vocals,” Gore explained, “I felt it deserved another persona so decided to carry on the MG concept from the VCMG album.”

Below, listen to the album track “Europa Hymn”, and find the full MG tracklist.


MG Tracklist:
01. Pinking
02. Swanning
03. Exalt
04. Elk
05. Brink
06. Europa Hymn
07. Creeper
08. Spiral
09. Stealth
10. Hum
11. Islet
12. Crowly
13. Trysting
14. Southerly
15. Featherlight
16. Blade



Wu-Tang Clan detail likely final album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, secure 88-year copyright
Mar 2, 2015 2:28pm | Fact Magazine

Coming soon to a digital auction house near you.

The Wu-Tang Clan have revealed the auction page for Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, their one-of-a-kind album-cum-art piece. The page on Paddle8 includes music, artwork, essays by RZA, Chris Norris and a conversation betwen RZA and Cilvaringz, and more.

“When I think of who will come to own Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, I want them to recognize the historical value of what they’re collecting,” says RZA. “Im not one for hoping as a rule, but I really hope its guardian is the kind of person who finds appreciation and value in every artistic expression. Because this work was made to be appreciated.”

To prevent the commercial proliferation of the album after the sale, RZA and company have secured an 88 year copyright, landing at that particular length of time through a typically RZAian bit of numerology and mathematical symbolism.

RZA also admits that “a scenario where a philanthropist buys the album and releases it for free” is a “possibility,” noting that it would be unlikely due to the large investment required to secure the album. In addition, the team has decided to let the buyer decide how to publicly exhibit the album, if they so wish.

And confirming what many have speculated, considering the mammoth undertaking and the tepid response to last year’s A Better To...


Wu-Tang Clan detail likely final album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, secure 88-year copyright
Mar 2, 2015 2:28pm | Fact Magazine

Coming soon to a digital auction house near you.

The Wu-Tang Clan have revealed the auction page for Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, their one-of-a-kind album-cum-art piece. The page on Paddle8 includes music, artwork, essays by RZA, Chris Norris and a conversation betwen RZA and Cilvaringz, and more.

“When I think of who will come to own Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, I want them to recognize the historical value of what they’re collecting,” says RZA. “Im not one for hoping as a rule, but I really hope its guardian is the kind of person who finds appreciation and value in every artistic expression. Because this work was made to be appreciated.”

To prevent the commercial proliferation of the album after the sale, RZA and company have secured an 88 year copyright, landing at that particular length of time through a typically RZAian bit of numerology and mathematical symbolism.

RZA also admits that “a scenario where a philanthropist buys the album and releases it for free” is a “possibility,” noting that it would be unlikely due to the large investment required to secure the album. In addition, the team has decided to let the buyer decide how to publicly exhibit the album, if they so wish.

And confirming what many have speculated, considering the mammoth undertaking and the tepid response to last year’s A Better To...


Mumford & Sons announce new album & traveling festival tour (NJ w/ Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, more)
Mar 2, 2015 2:27pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Mumford & Sons' traveling festival Gentlemen of the Road returns this year, with a stopover not far from NYC in Seaside Heights, NJ on June 5 & 6 with The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, the Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF the Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. There's other stopovers in Iowa, Scotland, Washington, Colorado, and more TBA. All current lineups below.

The Mumfords have also announced that their third album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4 via Glassnote. A new article about the album on Rolling Stone says, "Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements - banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum - and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines." The album was produced by Arctic Monkeys' go-to guy and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford, and they also recorded part of it in The National's Aaron Dessner's studio in Ditmas Park (inspiring the song "Ditmas"). Artwork, tracklist, and teaser video below.

Mumford & Sons also have other non-GOTR festival dates, including Bonnaroo.

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Win a pair of SXSW wristbands courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds
Mar 2, 2015 2:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

If you're a regular reader of BrooklynVegan, you probably know that the 2015 edition of SXSW is coming up (March 17 - 22 in Austin, TX). Thousands of artists will flood Austin for the week, playing countless shows at countless music venues (BrooklynVegan day parties included).

Though some official showcases sell tickets at the door, your best way in to the shows is with a festival badge or wristband. Those are expensive and hard to get though, so we're giving away a pair of SXSW wristbands, courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds! BV Austin is also giving away a pair, courtesy of the same fine folks! Details on how to enter the BV contest are below.

The IFC Fairgrounds is returning to Austin during SXSW 2015 from March 19-21, featuring rides, food, carnival games, giveaways and, of course, live music. It's free to attend, but you do need to RSVP. You can check out the line-up below.

And don't forget to follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more SXSW news and updates.

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Action Bronson Baby Blue (Feat. Chance The Rapper) (Prod. Mark Ronson)
Mar 2, 2015 2:24pm | StereoGum
Action Bronson’s latest Mr. Wonderful single “Baby Blue” reunites him with Chance The Rapper, who contributes one of his signature raspy, sing-song hooks (co-written by Zane Lowe!) and raps the final verse. Bronsolino delivers plenty of quotables as usual, and Mark Ronson’s beat is a bright and radio-friendly callback to his work with Amy Winehouse […]



GOASTT @ Babys All Right: February 28, 2015
Mar 2, 2015 2:15pm | CMJ


Local indie moodies, Invisible Familiars, led by Jared Samuel, warmed up the packed Brooklyn club, though banjo-led, nerd-grass locals, Tall Tall Trees, did an even warmer job and even got some crowd members screaming along. Summer Moon is the new band project of the Strokes’ bass player, Nikolai Fraiture. He plays bass here too, but also lead sings in front of the Like’s drummer Tennessee Thomas, Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone on keyboard and guitarist Lewis Lazar. They’re sort of silky post-punk was most propulsively powered by Ms. Thomas.

Finally, Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, less gangly-known as GOASTT, sauntered onstage. Led by Sean Lennon Ono and his wife, musician/model Charlotte Kemp Muhl, the band has really worked hard to lay a trail of dues paying over the last year or so, going from big festival slots they can probably procure in their sleep to off-the-cuff packed club shows. And while their morphy folk-a-delia isn’t world-beating, they’ve become a more sure-footed band and spread fine vibes all through their Saturday night set. And the way it’s been outside, noone seemed to mind the hot, sweaty box that Baby’s All Right became. Good time!

Photos by Adela Loconte

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Pupppy Beans (Stereogum Premiere)
Mar 2, 2015 2:12pm | StereoGum
Purchase, NY has bred an intimidating young scene over the past five years, one not easily rivaled by any of the Empire State’s other musical epicenters. Mitski, LVL Up, Porches, and Crying are just a few notable names who hail from the college town, and now, Pupppy can be added to that list. Pupppy originated […]



Wu-Tang Clans Once Upon A Time In Shaolin Comes Out In 88 Years
Mar 2, 2015 2:07pm | StereoGum
Last spring the world got a brief preview of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, the secret Wu-Tang Clan album that will be released in a limited edition of 1 and auctioned off to the highest bidder. That might be all most of us hear from the project for the rest of our lives. Forbes […]


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