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Biffy Clyro, Chvrches, Mogwai longlisted for Scottish Album of the Year Award
Apr 24, 2014 1:59pm | NME
The winner of the £20,000 prize will be revealed at a ceremony on June 19




RZA Gives Raekwon 30-Day Deadline to Get With the Program...
Apr 24, 2014 1:46pm | The Daily Swarm



Trust us, we’re just as sick of this petty back-and-forth between RZA and Raekwon as you are. But it seems like the conflict between the two Wu-Tang members over the increasingly-unlikely new album has finally reached a boiling point: RZA has given Raekwon an ultimatum.

In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, RZA goes on record saying that if Raekwon isn’t onboard, then A Better Tomorrow will not see the light of day. Via MTV:

“The album is slated to come out in July,” RZA told Sports Illustrated, referencing A Better Tomorrow. “If we don’t come to terms [with Raekwon], I think, within the next 30 days, then this will either be an album without Raekwon or an album that never sees the light of day. And that’s a very strong potential.”

“I would not want to put out a Wu-Tang album without every live member available,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t want the fans not to have this incredible music that we’ve been workin’ on for the last year. So that’s gonna be a tough decision, but we’ve got about 30 days to make that decision and come to that conclusion.”

Watch the interview below:


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Grayscale Confessions: Damon Albarn On Life, Technology, Everyday Robots, And The Legacy Of Britpop
Apr 24, 2014 1:46pm | StereoGum

Britpop stars like Damon Albarn weren’t supposed to age. This is often true of famous musicians, of course, from pop ingenues to boy bands to punk rockers, but there was a specific element of youthfulness that accompanied Britpop. Sure, Jarvis Cocker was always kind of old before his time, but Britpop as a genre, even when it was incisive and took on the whole scope of British culture, also had an inherent boyishness and, at times, brattiness to it — no doubt partially attributable, in this instance, to the way in which the British tabloids helped a seething rivalry between Albarn and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher fester in the media. Blur’s music sounded like a young man’s game, even when it took on its darkest topics and broke down into a real bleary-eyed world-weariness in the late ’90s. You look at old footage of Albarn, and you hear him sing a song like “The Universal,” and you think: How is this man supposed to mature gracefully into the next stage of his life and career? How does one of the the stars at the forefront of a movement like Britpop grow old?

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Greyscale Confessions: Damon Albarn On Life, Technology, Everyday Robots, And The Legacy Of Britpop
Apr 24, 2014 1:46pm | StereoGum

Britpop stars like Damon Albarn weren’t supposed to age. This is often true of famous musicians, of course, from pop ingenues to boy bands to punk rockers, but there was a specific element of youthfulness that accompanied Britpop. Sure, Jarvis Cocker was always kind of old before his time, but Britpop as a genre, even when it was incisive and took on the whole scope of British culture, also had an inherent boyishness and, at times, brattiness to it — no doubt partially attributable, in this instance, to the way in which the British tabloids helped a seething rivalry between Albarn and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher fester in the media. Blur’s music sounded like a young man’s game, even when it took on its darkest topics and broke down into a real bleary-eyed world-weariness in the late ’90s. You look at old footage of Albarn, and you hear him sing a song like “The Universal,” and you think: How is this man supposed to mature gracefully into the next stage of his life and career? How does one of the the stars at the forefront of a movement like Britpop grow old?

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Watch: Dum Dum Girls Rimbaud Eyes Video
Apr 24, 2014 1:45pm | CMJ


Garage rock queens Dum Dum Girls have released a video to accompany their single, Rimbaud Eyes, off their latest album, Too True. The tune has Dum Dum Girls combining early ’60s surf rock with ’80s post-punk, resulting in huge sounds, gauzy guitars, deep bass and frontwoman Dee Dee Pennys irresistibly hazy vocals.

Directed by artist and musician Tamaryn, the video features the girls rendered as brightly-colored cartoons performing on what appears to be a heart-shaped stage floating in hyperspace. In other shots, cartoon Penny trots down a neon-lit city street, with pops of color surrounding her. It’s reminiscent of one of those original Apple dancing ads with a Daria-like tough-girl attitude. In other shots, the girls swim, mermaid-like, underwater. Colors drip and pop from the screen, creating a dazzling, distinctly psychedelic vibe from the era that likely inspired this track. Catch the Girls on their worldwide tour, and check out the flashy vid below.


Tour Dates For Dum Dum Girls:
05/01 – London, UK – Scala
05/03 – Manchester, UK – Round House
05/04 – Leeds, UK – Live In Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
05/05 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Art Centre
05/06 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – TBA
05/07 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3
05/08 – Belfast, UK – The Blackbox
05/09 – Galway, UK –...


The Presidents of the United States of America released their first album since 2008, going on tour (dates & stream)
Apr 24, 2014 1:41pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Veteran quirk rockers The Presidents of the United States of America had planned to be done recording music after 2008's These Are the Good Times People, but as drummer Jason Finn puts it, they "accidentally did it again" with this year's PledgeMusic-funded Kudos to You!, which came out this past February. It features a few re-workings of of older PUSA material and material from some of singer Chris Ballew's other projects, and new stuff too. The Long Winters' John Roderick makes an appearance, singing on "Crown Victoria." Listen to that one below, and stream the whole record at RDIO.

PUSA are also heading out on a tour this year which brings them to NYC for a show on August 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the song stream, below...

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A Collection of Classic Album Covers: As Painted on a Womans Face
Apr 24, 2014 1:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Since my wife’s an artist, I’ve been subjected to some pretty terrible art shows. But more than just wannabe Jackson Pollock’s or 32,856 graffiti artists, it’s the artists that put themselves into their work that’s often most disturbing (and hilarious). Like that girl who rubbed charcoal on her face and walked into the wall for what felt like 11 hours. Or, the guy who used a, um, rather special part of his anatomy to draw portraits. Maybe because this is my favorite work of art I can’t properly judge, but the whole thing’s always felt sort of pretentious and possibly the reason that art gets a bad wrap. Although, I still go for the free pancakes and booze.

Still, even I’ll take my hat off to artist Natalie Sharpe, whose done something truly amazing with the human form. In honor of Record Store Day, Sharpe (who records as Lone Taxidermist) painted eight “very inspiring and spectacular albums” directly on her face. Done over the span of six hours each and completely by free-hand, the resulting images are both beautiful and beguiling, an intriguing synthesis of art and music. Plus, look what a little patience can get you.

So, why exactly turn her face into the ultimate canvas?

I decided to paint my face for record store day. After moaning that I never get the easter weekend off because Im always face painting, a friend Dan Conway suggested I paint my face as a piece of...


Portishead's Beth Gibbons covers Black Sabbath as 'Black Sabbeth' - listen
Apr 24, 2014 1:27pm | NME
She sings on the new version of the song by stoner metal band Gonga



Ben Frost delivers noisy reckoning on Nolan
Apr 24, 2014 1:17pm | Chart Attack

It's hard to say whether Ben Frost's compositions for dance, theatre and film have informed the narrative line that appears on tracks like "Nolan," or whether his mad dog noise is just natural fire and brimstone journeying for a new age. Somewhere deep in the flesh-rending squall of the beginning, there's notes of a promised deliverance, recalling the ecstatic burst of "Plainsong" as though it were clinging on for life.

What's crucial is that it's never entirely dragged under during the nearly seven minute fire-and-brimstone sermon: there'll be a stretch of layered artillery blasts, then a few glittering notes peek through whatever layer of space time we're about to melt through. Frost tours us through his carnage like a kind despot, facing us with an annihilation so pure even he cannot control it, and dumping us on the other side a little bit more aware of our mortal coil.

Ben Frost's new album Aurora is out May 27 via Bedroom Community; pre-order it here.

Ben Frost delivers noisy reckoning on “Nolan” by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.


Video : RÁJ : Let Me Love You
Apr 24, 2014 1:16pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

We are already pretty certain that “Let Me Love You” from 20 year old Los Angeles resident RÁJ will end up being one of our favorite songs of 2014. Everything about it is genuine and consuming, which might make a visual companion difficult to create. However, ENDS Collective more than meet the challenge by expertly capturing on film the beauty and isolation conveyed through the song. The video follows a traveler as he wanders throughout Paris. Watch below.


Misery Index share title track from from 'The Killing Gods' (listen) ++ an interview with singer Jason Netherton
Apr 24, 2014 1:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

By Doug Moore

Misery Index at Fontana's, CMJ 2009 (more by Samantha Marble)

Jason Netherton likes to keep himself busy. His current band, Misery Index, is one of the tightest and most active death meta bands on the touring circuit -- they have their fifth album, The Killing Gods, coming out on May 23 via Season of Mist. Even when Misery Index isn't busy (and they haven't been especially so over the past few years), Netherton keeps working -- he's currently two years into a PhD program, and recently compiled an oral history of the death metal scene. This ethic goes back to the DIY roots of Dying Fetus, his influential previous band.

Invisible Oranges spoke to Netherton as part of our ongoing series on metal vocalists today. We also touched on his academic studies, his book, and the way the metal scene has changed over his two decades of involvement. Here's an excerpt:

This stuff obviously relates to the book you have coming out shortly -- Extremity Retained: Notes from the Death Metal Underground. Is writing a book something that you've always wanted to do?

That sort of came together over the last touring cycle. I was trying to figure out something that I could do with my time -- a long term project of some kind.

Once you do this touring thing long enough, you get to know a lot of people. You see a lot of ...


Mutek and Elektra confirm final EM15 plans and reveal full lineup
Apr 24, 2014 1:02pm | Fact Magazine

Mutek and Elektra are both on their 15th year, and have joined forces for a mammoth celebration.

The Montreal-based festivals have long shared themes, and have made the partnership official with a lineup of events, exhibitions and music that easily places them a long way from the competition. Set in the city’s lavish Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), the festival seems to have set its focus on new discoveries and emerging art, and it boasts a massive series of premieres, from Tim Hecker’s new Fogs Works to a rare performance from Andreas Tilliander under his vintage-gear fetishizing TM-404 moniker.

The sheer number of artists showcased at EM15 is almost overwhelming: there are performances planned from Bristolian bass whisperer Pinch, Greek dub-techno pioneer Fluxion, Night Slugs’ Egyptrixx, laptop abuser Holly Herndon, Oneohtrix Point Never, recent Ninja Tune signee Lee Bannon, Nicholas Jaar, Monolake founder Robert Henke, To Rococo Rot’s Robert Lippok, Shackleton, Move D, Donato Dozzy and absolutely loads more.

There are also just as many intriguing experimental oddities as there are techno floor fillers, and during the day visitors can entertain themselves with a series of conferences, presentations ...


Metallica "deep into the songwriting" of new album
Apr 24, 2014 1:00pm | NME
The band will headline Sonisphere Festival this July



This Must Be The Band: A living tribute to Talking Heads Stop Making Sense
Apr 24, 2014 12:55pm | Chart Attack

Its the part of the show everybody always talks about. The rhythm section locks in on a mean strut as the singer bobbles over to the microphone. His suit must be 10 sizes too big. He tics and jiggles, throwing whole bolts of polyester with every jerk, the way a hula girl throws her grass skirt with her hips. He marches, he shimmies with his shoulders, he seduces like a lounge singer, crooning Its always show time, here at the edge of the stage. It looks hilarious and that means it looks perfect. The audience dances and hollers along: Stop making sense, stop making sense. The spotlight blows his shadow across the back wall.

Thirty years after the performance first captivated theatre audiences, fans and film critics, youd hardly even notice that that silhouette isnt David Byrnes and that the players behind him arent the Talking Heads. The name of this band is This Must Be The Band.

For the last seven years, the group has toured the Heads' catalogue from Costa Mesa, California to New York City. And while theyre always well-received their most popular date is undoubtedly the annual hometown Stop Making Sense recreation a note-for-note, prop-for-prop performance of what's often called "the best concert film of all time." Last November, they played in front of 2,000 bouncing fans, a near-sold out crowd at Chicagos historic Riviera Theatre, almost the size of the performance it's restaging.

Chicago musician Charlie Otto was born in 198...


Independent record stores boast massive 2000% vinyl sales jump on Record Store Day
Apr 24, 2014 12:54pm | Fact Magazine

Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory

Stop the grumbling, Record Store Day has achieved what it originally set out to do.

New in-depth music analytics service BuzzAngle Music have announced the first ever release of daily sales stats to show the massive impact Record Store Day has on independent record stores.

According to the data, independent record shops posted an average 645% sales growth on Record Store Day (19th April) this year in comparison to the previous Saturday, a hike that was more than reflected in a gobsmacking 1,855% increase in vinyl sales for the industry as a whole.

Put the two together and you get the biggest stat of all; a whopping 2,042% increase in vinyl sales at independent stores on Record Store Day compared to the previous Saturday.

Despite the accusations from labels and artists of mainstream hijacking, back-logged pressing plants and extortionate touting that have plagued this years celebration, the annual event has overwhelmingly succeeded in supporting the independent record shops for whom the whole thing was conceived in the first place seven years ago.

BuzzAngle Music have also announced the biggest sellers from this years event with Tame Impalas Live LP and Nirvanas Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself and Want To Die single taking the top spots. See the 25 best selling albums and singles below and peruse BuzzAngles full report here

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