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Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never Rush & Bubs (Feat. A.G. Cook)
Dec 18, 2014 11:05am | CMJ

Today, Daniel Lopatin, the force behind Oneohtrix Point Never, dropped two new tracks, which is cool since he’s been pretty silent since last year’s R Plus Seven. The first is Rush, a hollow, animatronic jingle, and the second is Bubs, a whistling, shard-sharp tumble of a track that probably gets at least some of its cutesy weirdness from PC Music founder A.G. Cook, who’s credited in the song. What a pair! Listen to both below.

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We Been Ready: Inside the global resurgence of Baltimore club
Dec 18, 2014 11:01am | Fact Magazine

Until recently, Baltimore club was thought dead and buried, one of the first casualties of the blog-buzz cycle. But with Jersey club lighting up festivals and clubs in the US and abroad, its Baltimore antecedent quietly had its best year in ages. Meanwhile, representatives from the UK crews that helped define 2014 all turned to the sound for inspiration. FACTs Chris Kelly charts where Baltimore club has been, how it got here and where its going in 2015.

With a steady stream of proper releases, iconoclastic EPs and anthems-in-the-making, Baltimore clubs new wave shined in 2014. While the first wave of Baltimore club did all it could with a couple of breakbeats, a few kick patterns and a handful of familiar samples, this generation is adapting the sound for Internet age palettes. Even while carrying the torch for old-school, 410 Formula Baltimore club, James Nasty isnt afraid to mix in dancehall among his rap and meme samples; similarly, Mighty Mark incorporates everything from juke to bounce in his tracks.

On the outer edges of the sound, Normaling brings Baltimores intensity no matter the genre, while Schwarz has fashioned himself into the Deepak Chopra of Baltimore club with his PLUR-originals, and a club anarchist with his tongue-in-cheek bootlegs. Then there are the vocalists: DDm lands somewhere between ballroom commentating and the battle rap wi...

Watch Dan Deacon & Matmos M.C. Schmidt In Adult Swims Unedited Footage Of A Bear Infomercial
Dec 18, 2014 10:54am | StereoGum

If you ever notice that Adult Swim has something listed only as “infomercial” airing around 4AM, there’s a strong chance you should stay up and tune in, just to see what happens. That’s how the network first aired Too Many Cooks, the incredibly bizarre satirical hallucination that recently went viral. And now the network has also used the same method to air a vaguely terrifying 10-minute short film called Unedited Footage Of A Bear. Frequent Dan Deacon collaborator Alan Resnick directed the video, which I am not going to describe at all. Deacon himself wrote the freak-you-the-fuck-out score. And Deacon also appears briefly, as does Matmos member M.C. Schmidt. Watch it below.


The Julie Ruin Blueberry Island
Dec 18, 2014 10:52am | StereoGum

The Julie Ruin released their debut album, Run Fast, in September 2013, marking the welcome return of Kathleen Hanna, who had been on a musical hiatus for health reasons. Hanna’s struggle to re-emerge as a musician after suffering from undiagnosed Lyme Disease is well-documented in last year’s documentary The Punk Singer, directed by Sini Anderson. The Run Fast B-Side “Blueberry Island” was featured in The Punk Singer, and will now be released on a 7″ put out by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek on his label Federal Prism. The reverse side of the 7″ features a YACHT remix of the Run Fast track “Right Home.” Federal Prism will be opening up an online pop-up shop for 60 days, selling unique merchandise and recordings from a hodgepodge collection of artists (Thelonius Monk, Frankie Rose, and Johnny Cash, to name a few). I remember seeing The Punk Singer with my mom around this time last year, and I do remember hearing “Blueberry Island,” with its choral hook, “Have you seen her? Mary Christina?” and thinking, “Damn, why didn’t they put this one on the album?” You can listen to it now over at Pitchfork.


Watch: Wray Bad Heart Video
Dec 18, 2014 10:49am | CMJ

Isn’t it keen when, just as you’re getting really sick of an over-used genre tag like, say, “shoegaze,” and the flood of bands that seem to to leap on that tag’s bandwagon like, say, 63% of the guitar-based bands around in 2014, but then a song comes along that momentarily wipes the windshield clean of said dusty genre tag and makes it ready to ride again? Well I won’t say that the Birmingham, Alabama trio Wray is ging to erase all the saggy strains of misused wah-wah pedals from my end-of-year haze, but this speedy song and its cool desert motorcycle mystery video has revved me up for the band’s self-titled debut album, out January 26 on Communicating Vessels.

The riff and the singer’s monotone churn over and over, cuts into a surfy bridge, and doesn’t bust out into requisite wah-wahs until 3/4 through, where the visuals get wilder too. It’s also nice when someone puts a little cinematic thought and scope into a music video. The album’s engineer, Daniel Farris, has worked with Man or Astro-Man? and St. Vincent, which suddenly makes sense as you zoom through this clip, below.

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Song : Ghost Loft : Talk To Me
Dec 18, 2014 10:47am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Ghost Loft, the alter-ego of one Danny Choi, has been busy as of late after going relatively silent for a majority of the past year. He recently unveiled the song “Be Easy”, remixed Ryn Weaver’s “Octahate”, and now has given us this new one “Talk To Me” along with a video. It is a contemplative number depicting a man searching for answers to life’s real true meaning and a beautiful one at that. Expect an EP from Choi sometime in 2015. Listen below.

Serpentine Path, Forn & Vilkacis playing St Vitus (IO presents)
Dec 18, 2014 10:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges, fresh off presenting that awesome Psalm Zero show, is presenting yet another NYC metal show with a great lineup. This one will feature filthy local doom-purveyors Serpentine Path, who share members with Unearthly Trance and Humanless (who were on that Psalm Zero show), up-and-coming Boston doom crew Fórn, and local black metal crew Vilkacis, who share members with Fell Voices and Vorde. The show will take place on January 4 at Saint Vitus, and tickets are on sale now.

Stream Serpentine Path's latest record Emanations, Fórn's new EP The Departure of Consciousness, and Vilkacis's most recent EP The Fever of War, below...

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Brooklyn duo Hollands released debut LP (stream it), playing it in full at New Year's Eve show
Dec 18, 2014 10:37am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Brooklynites John-Paul Norpoth and Jannina Norpoth make orch pop as Hollands. Having played around for a few years, Hollands released their string-laden debut album, Restless Youth, in November and fans of groups like Fanfarlo and Seabear should definitely check it out. It's streaming in full below.

Hollands will play Restless Youth start-to-finish on New Year's Eve at Jack (505 1/2 Waverly Ave) in downtown Brooklyn with Aaron Roche, CAN-D and Hey Guy on the bill as well. They'll be armed with a full string section and the show is timed to wrap up right as 2015 rings in. Flyer for the show is below...

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Aaron Dessner co-curating Eaux Claires Music Festival w/ Justin Vernon, tickets on sale
Dec 18, 2014 10:20am | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: Justin Vernon @ Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)

As discussed, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is curating a music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, WI called The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, which takes place on July 17 & 18, 2015 at the Foster Farm. Since we last spoke, it was revealed that The National's Aaron Dessner is helping him curate it too, and that tickets go on sale at 1 PM EST today (12/18). Justin and Aaron spoke about the fest, via press release:

Justin Vernon says, "After several years of touring and playing music festivals of all different types around the world, I wanted to put together an event that would honor what we love about this place -- including an independent attitude and blaze orange caps -- but also shine a light on less familiar and surprising elements that are already weaving themselves into our future. Having this festival right in my backyard gives me and the guest artists a chance to share familiar work and new creations in a setting close to my heart and different than any other stage in the world. To create this event within view of the Chippewa River -- the very river that defines this place -- makes it all the more meaningful. We're fortunate because the Chippewa Valley already has a history of great music festivals. Everyone -- the city, the county, and the Country Jam folks -- has been very supportive. They're helping us take it beyond...

Song : ASTR : Operate (et aliae Remix)
Dec 18, 2014 10:18am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Two of the names that bubbled up to the surface in 2014 were New York duo ASTR and London producer et aliae, so it seems appropriate that they would connect up on this remix of “Operate”. The production on this one twinkles as bright as the stars in the artwork slowly lulling you into a state of pillowy enchantment. Expect to hear more of both in 2015, especially et aliae show recently signed with one of our favorite labels, Cascine. Listen below.

Operators playing Baby's before Future Islands tour, then touring with The New Pornographers (updated dates)
Dec 18, 2014 10:12am | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: Operators in Central Park in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, Dan Boeckner's current band Operators are set to support the upcoming Future Islands tour, including the NYC shows on January 8 & 9 at Terminal 5 (night 1 still on sale, night 2 sold out). Right before those shows, Operators will play their own NYC show on January 5 at Baby's All Right, the same place they made their NYC debut at the BV Northside show in June. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now.

After the Future Islands tour, Operators will hook up with The New Pornographers for a run of February dates. Nothing in NYC, but there's a few other Northeast shows on that tour. All dates are listed, with a stream of their track "True," below...

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Watch The Daily Show Defend Jay Zs Honor After Fox News Smear
Dec 18, 2014 10:08am | StereoGum

Last week, in the wake of the recent killer-cop fiascoes, New York governor Andrew Cuomo met with Jay Z to talk about criminal justice reform. Since then, conservative talking-head goobers like Sean Hannity have jumped on the meeting, bringing up Jay’s criminal past as if this would somehow invalidate the things he has to say about the criminal justice system. Fortunately, The Daily Show, a show that practically exists to shit all over Fox News at this point, is on the case. The extremely likable Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams called out all the reasons why Jay is the last black man who Fox should be going after. Watch the segment below.


The Daily Show defends crack dealer Jay Z against FOX News
Dec 18, 2014 9:56am | Cosequence Of Sound

Jay Z was among a group of prominent black leaders who recently met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss potential changes to the state’s criminal justice system. Believe it or not, FOX News host Sean Hannity was critical of Cuomo for taking advice “from a guy who sold crack, was a drug dealer, and actually shot somebody” (his words, not mine). FOX News’ website FOX Nation, meanwhile, published a similarly negative article titled “Andrew Cuomo Meets With Admitted Former Crack Dealer Jay-Z to Discuss Police Policy”.

Last night, The Daily Show came to Jay Z’s defense. “How could you say that about Jay Z … after all he’s done for himself?” Jon Stewart asked correspondent Jessica Williams. “You are right, Jon,” Williams responded. “Hova has done quite a few other things since his dealing days. You would think that’d impress people on FOX, because we all know how much they like to preach to black folks about responsibility, self-improvement, and what’s wrong with the black community.”

She continued: “I mean, if you go over their black male to-do list, Jay Z has it covered: good job? Check. Stable marriage? Check … Is he a good father? Check. And he’s not just pulling his pants up … the guy sells belts. Jay Z is the guy they keep saying they want all other black guys to be, but to them he&#821...

Dan Deacon scores (and appears in) Adult Swim's latest "infomerical," 'Unedited Footage of a Bear' (watch)
Dec 18, 2014 9:56am | Brooklyn Vegan

Dan Deacon (right) takes notes in Adult Swim's latest "informercial"

Adult Swim has released another oddity into its 4 AM "Infomercial" slot that unleashed "Too Many Cooks" and "In Search of Miracle Man." Titled "Unedited Footage of a Bear," it starts off just as that but quickly transitions into commercial for fake allergy medication "Claridryl," the kind where the warnings go on longer than the selling of the product. We'll stop there, but writer/directors Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien pretty much echew any attempts at humor, happy just to be weird, unsettling and, actually, pretty scary. Dan Deacon, who has a new LP on the way and worked with the filmmakers on another Adult Swim short, did the music and cameos as a police detective. Watch it below.

For those watching it online, note that clicking the familiar "Skip Ad" button it takes you to a fake Claridryl website. If you're looking for something that's unsettling, weird and funny, you might want to try The Heart, She Holler.

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Ryan Adams Is Writing & Drawing His Own Comic Books Plus Recording A Soundtrack
Dec 18, 2014 9:49am | StereoGum

Ryan Adams’ obsession with comic books is well documented, but not until this week did he reveal that he’s creating his own. Adams appeared on Marvel’s This Week In Marvel podcast this week, and as Consequence Of Sound points out, the singer-songwriter confirmed what his Twitter followers might have already discerned: He’s writing and illustrating his own series of books during his downtime on tour. The plan is to release each book with its own original soundtrack, also written and recorded by Adams and friends. Here’s the news straight from Adams’ mouth:


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