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Immortal Technique arrested on suspicion of robbery
Mar 28, 2015 1:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Rapper Immortal Technique has been arrested on suspicion of attacking and robbing two men who allegedly sold unauthorized t-shirts featuring his trademarked image, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A group of 10-12 men, including Immortal Technique, allegedly confronted the vendors outside Santa Ana music venue Observatory prior to Immortal Technique’s concert there on Thursday night. A scuffle ensued and the vendors claim “they were beaten and had their T-shirts, cash and cellphones forcibly taken from them,” according to Santa Ana police.

Immortal Technique was identified as one of the assailants and arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempting to dissuade a witness. No stolen items were found in his possession, however. The rapper posted bail and was released.




Prince sued for copyright infringement after releasing Judith Hill album for free download
Mar 28, 2015 12:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

A copyright infringement lawsuit involving Prince is hardly news, but rarely is he the defendant. TMZ reports the legendary musician is facing legal action for the same practices he’s long battled against: the unauthorized distribution of music.

Earlier this week, Prince sent out an email encouraging fans to download a new album from singer Judith Hill. The email included a link for a free download of the 11-track record, which remains active as of today. “Please spend some time with this music and then share it with someone U love,” he wrote.

Now, however, Prince has been hit with a lawsuit by producer Jolene Cherry and Sony Records, who claim Hill is signed to an exclusive contract with them. The suit adds that Prince did not have permission to release Hill’s music, and the plaintiffs are now seeking punitive damages.




Watch Ad-Rock Clown Around On Jimmy Fallon
Mar 28, 2015 11:26am | StereoGum
Ad-Rock was one of the guests on last night's episode of Jimmy Fallon. It was his first time appearing on a talk show solo. He was there to promote his role in Noah Baumbach's new film While We're Young, but he mostly just joked around with Fallon and fellow guest Will Forte. He did talk a little bit about the Beastie Boys opening up for Madonna on her Like A Virgin tour, and says that the audience "hated" them. And Jimmy Fallon showed off a picture of him with DJ Hurricane that he took after going to a Beastie Boys show back in the '90s. Later on in the show, he appeared in a segment with River Monsters host Jeremy Wade, and looked a little spooked around all of the weird fish that he was showing off. Watch the interview below.



Sacha Baron Cohen will write, direct, and star in Freddie Mercury biopic
Mar 28, 2015 10:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

An on-again, off-again Freddie Mercury biopic starring Sacha Baron Cohen appears to be on again. Last year, it was reported that Cohen had left the project due to disagreements with the surviving members of Queen over the films direction and tone. Now, though, Queen manager Jim Beach has revealed that Cohen is back on board with the project, and not only will he depict the legendary singer, he’s also writing and directing the film himself.

“You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years,” Beach said during a speech at the Artist and Manager Awards this week. “An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

Beach did not discuss a timetable for the project. However, according to IMDB, Cohen has nothing scheduled once he’s done filming a new comedy called Grimsby, so presumably production could begin as soon as this year.



Update: Sacha Baron Cohen will not write, direct, and star in Freddie Mercury biopic
Mar 28, 2015 10:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

An on-again, off-again Freddie Mercury biopic starring Sacha Baron Cohen appears to be on again. Last year, it was reported that Cohen had left the project due to disagreements with the surviving members of Queen over the film’s direction and tone. Now, though, Queen manager Jim Beach has revealed that Cohen is back on board with the project, and not only will he depict the legendary singer, he’s also writing and directing the film himself.

Update – March 29th: According to Queen guitarist Brian May, Beach was merely joking about Cohen’s participation in the biopic.

“You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years,” Beach said during a speech at the Artist and Manager Awards this week. “An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

(Read: Queen Turns 40: How rare was Freddie Mercury?)

Beach did not discuss a timetable for the project. However, according to IMDB, Cohen has nothing scheduled once he’s done filming a new comedy called Grimsby, so presumably production could begin as soon as this year.



Beastie Boys Ad-Rock appears as guest on Jimmy Fallon watch
Mar 28, 2015 10:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, appeared as a guest on Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show. There to promote his role in Noah Baumbach’s new film While We’re Young, Horowitz confirmed it was his first-ever solo talk-show interview. He was far from nervous, however, making quips about his acting pedigree and his wardrobe for the evening, and also relaying a story about Beastie Boys’ time opening for Madonna.

He also stuck around to meet some river monsters.

In an interview with GQ earlier this week, Ad-Rock confirmed the Beastie Boys are in fact “done,” but added there’s a load of unreleased material waiting to be released.



Preview Charli XCXs collaboration with SOPHIE
Mar 28, 2015 10:09am | Fact Magazine

The UK pop princess has connected with the PC Music crew.

Earlier this week, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens unveiled his interviews with PC Music talents A. G. Cook, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY and QT. Cook mentioned plans for albums by GFOTY and Diamond, with the latter confirming a collaboration with Charli XCX.

Now, Charli has taken to Twitter to tease her collaborations with the PC Music crew, writing “XCX X @SOPHIEMSMSMSM FUTURE/SOON” and posting a brief video from a SOPHIE DJ set.

Watch the preview below; the BBC Radio 1 interviews follow. [via DIY]

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Preview Charli XCXs collaboration with SOPHIE
Mar 28, 2015 10:09am | Fact Magazine

The UK pop princess has connected with the PC Music crew.

Earlier this week, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens unveiled his interviews with PC Music talents A. G. Cook, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY and QT. Cook mentioned plans for albums by GFOTY and Diamond, with the latter confirming a collaboration with Charli XCX.

Now, Charli has taken to Twitter to tease her collaborations with the PC Music crew, writing “XCX X @SOPHIEMSMSMSM FUTURE/SOON” and posting a brief video from a SOPHIE DJ set.

Watch the preview below; the BBC Radio 1 interviews follow. [via DIY]

The post Preview Charli XCX’s collaboration with SOPHIE appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers
Mar 28, 2015 9:57am | Fact Magazine

As computers gradually replaced hardware synths towards the end of the last century, it seemed as if outboard gear was a dying relic of another era.

Despite this, the demand for hardware on the second-hand market showed manufacturers that there was still a place for physical objects with tactile control, and the past few years have seen giants like Roland and Korg re-enter the market with affordable outboard technology aimed at beginners and professionals alike.

It’s not only large companies who have got in on the act. In fact, there are plenty of small, boutique operations and entrepreneurial individuals funding their projects through Kickstarter. Freed from expectation, they have given us hackable, modifiable units with alternative control methods aimed at encouraging creativity and making it possible to make music whatever your ability level.

In this list we look at 13 of the most interesting from all spheres, from off-the-shelf, plug-and-play synthesizers to units you can program with open-source Arduino processors. Whether you’re a curious beginner or you already have an extensive studio setup, there’s sure to be something in here that will grab your attention.

The post The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers
Mar 28, 2015 9:57am | Fact Magazine

As computers gradually replaced hardware synths towards the end of the last century, it seemed as if outboard gear was a dying relic of another era.

Despite this, the demand for hardware on the second-hand market showed manufacturers that there was still a place for physical objects with tactile control, and the past few years have seen giants like Roland and Korg re-enter the market with affordable outboard technology aimed at beginners and professionals alike.

It’s not only large companies who have got in on the act. In fact, there are plenty of small, boutique operations and entrepreneurial individuals funding their projects through Kickstarter. Freed from expectation, they have given us hackable, modifiable units with alternative control methods aimed at encouraging creativity and making it possible to make music whatever your ability level.

In this list we look at 13 of the most interesting from all spheres, from off-the-shelf, plug-and-play synthesizers to units you can program with open-source Arduino processors. Whether you’re a curious beginner or you already have an extensive studio setup, there’s sure to be something in here that will grab your attention.

The post The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Ghetto house originals, Detroit grooves and halal disco: The weeks best vinyl releases
Mar 28, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.

After years spent discovering gems in Phonicas end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, staff from the Soho institution pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.



ANDRES
‘Believin” 12″
(La Vida)

Detroit’s Andrés comes through with three mulchy, sample-heavy house hypnotisers on his own La Vida imprint. ‘Believin” brings a splash of colour with its jazzy breaks and sweet vocals, while ‘Can’t Shake It’ takes it down low and ‘Jungle Pain’ follows a skipping soul beat hewn from upright bass and piano trills. A lush trio.

Audio / Buy here



DJ DEEON
Deeon Doez Deeon!
(Numbers)

DJ Deeon pitches up on Glasgow’s Numbers outlet for a shut-up-and-dance lesson in the birth of Chicago ghetto house. Four raw, gritty and unapologetically upfront tracks  all originally released on Dance Mania  have been remastered from the original DATs, from the twisted disco madness of 1996’s ‘2 B Free’ to the hammering Jeff Mills favourite ‘House-O-Matic’. Still fresh.

Audio / Buy here



NO P...


Ghetto house originals, Detroit grooves and halal disco: The weeks best vinyl releases
Mar 28, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.

After years spent discovering gems in Phonicas end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, staff from the Soho institution pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.



ANDRES
‘Believin” 12″
(La Vida)

Detroit’s Andrés comes through with three mulchy, sample-heavy house hypnotisers on his own La Vida imprint. ‘Believin” brings a splash of colour with its jazzy breaks and sweet vocals, while ‘Can’t Shake It’ takes it down low and ‘Jungle Pain’ follows a skipping soul beat hewn from upright bass and piano trills. A lush trio.

Audio / Buy here



DJ DEEON
Deeon Doez Deeon!
(Numbers)

DJ Deeon pitches up on Glasgow’s Numbers outlet for a shut-up-and-dance lesson in the birth of Chicago ghetto house. Four raw, gritty and unapologetically upfront tracks  all originally released on Dance Mania  have been remastered from the original DATs, from the twisted disco madness of 1996’s ‘2 B Free’ to the hammering Jeff Mills favourite ‘House-O-Matic’. Still fresh.

Audio / Buy here



NO P...


LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked
Mar 28, 2015 7:39am | Fact Magazine

The Glasgow label plays outside its usual sandbox.

LuckyMe is best known for its trendsetting approach to electronic music, with key releases by Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, TNGHT, Cashmere Cat and the like. But while the label has released more than its fair share of R&B and rap-influenced club hits, it has occasionally shown an appreciation for Scottish experimental rock, with releases by American Men and Sevendeaths.

The label’s latest signing is in that vein: Edinburgh trio Naked, who sound more like Beach House than the trap house. The band, comprised of Agnes Gryczkowska, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell, “mix cold, neon-lit beats, glacial bass and guitar sculptures, filtered under hypnotizing and ephemeral vocals,” according to the write-up on Rough Trade. Their debut, a deluxe mini LP entitled Youth Mode, is due out on April 6. For a taste of what to expect, stream ‘void’ below.

Tomorrow (March 29), the band joins Jacques Greene, Eclair Fifi and Mykki Blanco for RBMA’s A Night With LuckyMe. Previously, the band produced Blanco’s ‘Moshin In The Front’.

The post LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked
Mar 28, 2015 7:39am | Fact Magazine

The Glasgow label plays outside its usual sandbox.

LuckyMe is best known for its trendsetting approach to electronic music, with key releases by Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, TNGHT, Cashmere Cat and the like. But while the label has released more than its fair share of R&B and rap-influenced club hits, it has occasionally shown an appreciation for Scottish experimental rock, with releases by American Men and Sevendeaths.

The label’s latest signing is in that vein: Edinburgh trio Naked, who sound more like Beach House than the trap house. The band, comprised of Agnes Gryczkowska, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell, “mix cold, neon-lit beats, glacial bass and guitar sculptures, filtered under hypnotizing and ephemeral vocals,” according to the write-up on Rough Trade. Their debut, a deluxe mini LP entitled Youth Mode, is due out on April 6. For a taste of what to expect, stream ‘void’ below.

Tomorrow (March 29), the band joins Jacques Greene, Eclair Fifi and Mykki Blanco for RBMA’s A Night With LuckyMe. Previously, the band produced Blanco’s ‘Moshin In The Front’.

The post LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Music industrys first global release date set for July
Mar 28, 2015 7:13am | Fact Magazine

The latest update in the on-going story.

Earlier this year, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) announced plans to enact a global release date in an effort to curb piracy.

Music Week reports that the first day that the new policy will come into effect will by July 10. In addition, it was announced last week the Official Chart on Radio 1 will move to Fridays in July.

The move will bring the US and UK in line with Australia and Germany, and has been welcomed by some retailers, artists and distributors. It has not been without its critics, which include independent labels and merchants, as well as US retailer Target.

“If a global chart reigns supreme, development artists and local artists will have to get used to hearing the voice of America, everywhere. Big money, big global campaigns, will dominate,” said PIAS co-founder Michel Lambot in a blog post. “This can only help the blockbusters become even bigger, for a longer period of time, in more markets.”

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