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Centro-Matic released new LP, calling it quits after Farewell Tour in December (dates, streams)
Sep 22, 2014 12:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds (stream it via Rdio). All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic recently announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus. Wrote frontman Will Johnson:

For a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate the existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the four of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can't say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-matic has done.
Before that, however, Centro-Matic will be going on one last tour, which will include two NYC stops: December 11 at Rough Trade with Joseph O'Connell's long-running lo-fi indie project Elephant Micah and December 12 at Mercury Lounge with Will's New Multitudes bandmate Anders Parker & Cloud Badge. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show beginning Wednesday (9/24) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a video from the new album, below...

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Listen to two rejected demos Dev Hynes recorded for Britney Spears
Sep 22, 2014 11:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

When Dev Hynes isn’t making music as Blood Orange, he’s writing bonafide hit singles for Sky Ferreira (“Everything Is Embarrassing”), Solange (“Losing You”), and others. Hynes also worked with Britney Spears on her 2013 record, Britney Jean, though his contributions ultimately failed to make the final tracklist. However, thanks to an anonymous SoundCloud user, two of Hynes’ demos for Spears have now made their way online (via Pigeons and Planes).

Not quite as catchy as Spears’ latter-day hit “Work Bitch”, both tracks aim more for the sentimental and saccharine quality of her earlier material. “Demo 1″ pairs up moody and glitchy synths with skittering drum machines. Featuring falsetto cries of “Leave us alone,” it’s a slow-burning number which Spears’ could have probably nailed with the right kind of guidance. Meanwhile, “Demo 2″ is more of a lovelorn piano ballad.

Last year, Hynes spoke to the Guardian about the ill-fated collaboration, hinting at bad blood between him and Britney’s camp and expressing dismay at their decision to name the commercially safe Will.I.Am as the album’s Executive Producer. “They’d always come back with why they didn’t like it and it wouldn’t make any sense. I’d almost prefer them to say: ‘We’re scared we’re not going to make...

Ryan Adams plans to release lost album 'Blackhole'
Sep 22, 2014 11:47am | NME
Singer wants to give official release to 2007 album for 2015's Record Store Day

Video : The Antlers : Refuge
Sep 22, 2014 11:45am | My Old Kentucky Blog

With the cooling temperatures, we have found ourselves coming back more frequently to The Antlers’ grossly underrated latest LP, Familiars. The album is truly made for this time of year. Today, they unveiled a smoky shape and color shifting video for the track “Refuge”. If it didn’t resonate the first go around, it is a reminder to go back and give it another spin. Watch below.

Charli XCXs Sucker Pushed Back Due To Boom Claps Unexpected Success
Sep 22, 2014 11:44am | StereoGum

Charli XCX’s “Break The Rules” arrived with the news that her new album Sucker would be out 10/21, but the rising star announced in a series of tweets today that the album’s release date has been pushed back. Sucker will now be released 12/16 in the US and 1/26 in the UK and Europe. It’s also got a revised album cover (above). The rationale for the postponement is that “Boom Clap,” which hit the internet way back on 4/11, has continued to endure near the fringes of the top 10 for far longer than expected. Find Charli’s dispatches below.


Only Real to play Jack Rocks The Macbeth
Sep 22, 2014 11:40am | NME
Intimate London show will take place on October 9

Krill streaming "Peanut Butter," touring, playing CMJ; ex-Krill drummer's band Brunch released an EP & touring too
Sep 22, 2014 11:39am | Brooklyn Vegan

Krill (photo by Ethan Long)

Quirky indie rockers Krill released their newest EP Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears earlier this year via Exploding In Sound, and now they're teaming up with two of their labelmates, Ovlov and LVL UP, plus the great Radiator Hospital for a 4-way split due October 14 via Double Double Whammy/Exploding In Sound. Krill's new single "Peanut Butter" appears on the split, and you can check that out below.

Krill also have a ton of tour dates coming up this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 2 at Shea Stadium with Sorority Noise, Told Slant and Pinegrove, and then they return to NYC for CMJ. So far they're playing the official EIS showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Ex-Breathers, Lost Boy?, Flagland, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Two Inch Astronaut and Geronimo!; and then they play EIS's unofficial CMJ party/birthday party on October 25 at Silent Barn with more bands TBA. That Trash Bar show's got a great lineup all around, and chances are the Silent Barn one will too. Stay tuned. All of Krill's dates are listed below.

In related news, former Krill drummer Luke Pyenson moved to London for school after leaving the band, and while there he formed a new band, Brunch. Brunch will be coming to the US for a short Northeast tour in the fall which includes a couple of the stops on the Krill tour. They won't be at any...

Q&A: Allison Johnson, Music Director, KTSW
Sep 22, 2014 11:35am | CMJ

CMJ Music Marathon is rapidly approaching, so we’re talking to the people who are participating in our College Day programming to give you a preview of what we have in store.

We caught up with Allison Johnson, Music Director at Texas State Universitys KTSW. She told us about how she got involved in KTSW, her role shaping the stations sound and how to navigate CMJ Music Marathon if you are under 21. Allison will be one of the panelists in our “Music Director Summit” as part of College Day.

Tell me about how you got involved in college radio.
I got involved in college radio before I even stepped into my first class as a freshman. We have an orientation day that all incoming students participate in the weekend before school starts. I saw the KTSW booth and immediately knew that was where I belonged! I started off as a Production Assistant and Music Reviewer, and then moved on to be a DJ, Assistant Music Director and to host an award winning specialty show focusing on electronically influenced music. My junior year I became Music Director, and am resuming that position for my final year in school. Without a doubt, working in college radio has been the best part of my time in school! Ive made life-long friends and discovered a lot of abilities in myself I may not have found otherwise.

What does your job as Music Director at KTSW entail?
As Music Director at KTSW, my job is first and foremost to maint...

Wand Flying Golem Video
Sep 22, 2014 11:23am | StereoGum

Wand is one of L.A. garage rocker Cory Thomas Hanson’s many fine entanglements; the list also includes Mikal Cronin, Meatbodies, together PANGEA, and Hanson’s own WHITE. For the video to “Flying Golem,” an airborne psychedelic joyride from Wand’s recent Ganglion Reef, the band enlisted animators Meghan Tryon and Garrett M. Davis to craft a warped mixed-medium fantasia. You will be entertained when you watch it below.


Stream Christopher Owens A New Testament
Sep 22, 2014 11:20am | StereoGum

The former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has been slowly sharing songs from his second solo album A New Testament for about six months now, and we’ve already heard “It Comes Back To You,” “Stephen,” “Nothing More Than Everything To Me,” and “Never Wanna See That Look Again.” The album finds Owens tackling some heavy themes and playing around with classic American sounds like gospel and old-timey country. But there’s a summery, chipper lightness to many of the songs here, and if I had to guess, I’d name Buddy Holly as the single greatest influence on the whole project. It’s a strong step up from Lysandre, Owens’ 2013 solo debut, and you can now stream the full album at Pitchfork.

A New Testament is out 9/29 on Turnstile Music.

SBTRKT shares New Dorp.New York video watch
Sep 22, 2014 11:20am | Cosequence Of Sound

With just two weeks to go before the release of Wonder Where We Land, SBTRKT has unveiled the video for the album’s lead single, “New Dorp.New York”.

A shadowy and animated visual, it follows a sneaky, panther-like creature the same one from the album artwork as it travels from Staten Island (where the New Dorp neighborhood is located) to Manhattan. I’ve made this commute plenty of times before when I was in college, and while all the usual visual landmarks pop up the Staten Island Ferry, the Verrazano Bridge, the various skyscrapers I don’t think it’s ever looked as cool and slick as this. The song’s collaborator, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, unfortunately doesn’t make an appearance, but I feel his New York City spirit in this Big Apple-centric clip.

Watch below.

Wonder Where We Land hits shelves on October 7th via Young Turks.

Wonder Where We Land Tracklist:
01. Day 1
02. Wonder Where We Land feat. Sampha
03. Lantern
04. Higher feat. Raury
05. Day 5
06. Look Away feat. Caroline Polachek
07. Osea feat. Koreless
08. Temporary View feat. Sampha
09. NEW DORP. NEW YORK feat. Ezra Koenig
10. Everybody Knows
11. Problem (Solved) feat. Jessie Ware
12. If It Happens feat. Sampha
13. Gon Stay feat. Sampha
14. The Light feat. Denai Moore
15. Voices In My Head feat. ASAP Ferg

Jon Spencer's rockabilly band Heavy Trash are back in action, touring in October with Bloodshot Bill (dates)
Sep 22, 2014 11:19am | Brooklyn Vegan

It's been about four years but Heavy Trash, Jon Spencer's rockabilly band with Matt Verta-Ray (Madder Rose), are revved up again with some new added moonshine in the gas tank: Montreal wildman Bloodshot Bill who's vocal capabilities can go from a guttural growl to a yodel within a syllable. No word on new recordings, but Heavy Trash will hit the road for a Northeast tour this fall on which Bloodshot Bill will also do an opening set. So far no NYC shows, but they'll play Ithica, NY's The Haunt on October 8 and Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki on October 9 (tickets).

All dates are listed below...

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The Kinks get second 50th anniversary box set, featuring 25 unreleased songs
Sep 22, 2014 11:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

The Kinks 50th anniversary will be marked by the release of a retrospective box set. Scratch that: The Kinks’ 50th anniversary will be marked by the release of two retrospective box sets. Already, Legacy Recordings has announced the October 14th release of The Essential Kinks, a two-disc greatest hits package featuring new liner notes penned by David Bowie. Now, BMG/InGrooves has announced the November 18th release of The Anthology 1964-1971.

Spanning 100-plus tracks over 5 CDs, The Anthology 1964-1971 is billed as “the most comprehensive collection of The Kinks seminal 1960s and early 1970s Pye label recordings ever released,” according to a press release. The extensive tracklist (which you can see below) includes rare demos, alternate mixes, outtakes, and 25 previously unreleased tracks, as well as interviews and extensive liner notes.

In related news, Dave Davies has once again addressed a possible reunion with brother Dave, and the door remains open for a 2015 comeback. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Dave said, “It would be a shame if Ray and I didn’t do something next year. I’m prepared to talk. If Ray’s got some great ideas, let me hear them. I have my own ideas about how it should be presented. But I don’t want it to be a Ray Davies show where he lets his little brother stand in the corner, which he likes to do. It has to be done ...

Iceage reveal new track 'Glassy Eyed, Dormant And Veiled' listen
Sep 22, 2014 11:15am | NME
The song features on Danish band's forthcoming third album 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love'

Stream the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Gala Live
Sep 22, 2014 11:11am | Chart Attack

Tonight (Monday, September 22) is the Polaris Music Prize gala, and you can watch it right here on Chart Attack. In this very post!

The award, narrowed down by a jury of over 200 journalists from across the country and chosen by a grand jury of 11, will choose the "best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label" and award the artist a giant novelty cheque worth $30,000. More importantly, it gives music writers more accustomed to dank bars a chance to congregate in a fancy hall and hobnob over a cheese plate to argue about the merits of Drake. 

And if this year's prize is anything like last year's winner, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the next 12 months will be spent arguing. It all goes down at 8pm EDT at the Carlu in Toronto and in the YouTube embed above (pre-show at 7). 

Six of the ten short-listed artists will be performing: Basia Bulat, Mac DeMarco, Jessy Lanza, Owen Pallett, Shad and Tanya Tagaq. Additionally, members of Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan will be in attendance. YT//ST will be presented by Chart Attack's Editor-in-Chief, Richard Trapunski.

In case you need a refresher, here's some supplemental reading and viewing for each artist, including illuminating interviews with Owen Pallett, Tanya Tagaq and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, original videos featuring Basia Bulat and Ma...

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