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Mixtape Of The Week: Shlohmo & Jeremih No More
Jul 23, 2014 1:43pm | StereoGum

Jeremih and Shlohmo are an unlikely combination for a lot of obvious reasons. One is a black guy from Chicago who sings slick, radio-directed R&B, and the other is a white guy from Los Angeles who produces tricky, intricate instrumental bass music. They probably would’ve never gotten together if Yours Truly hadn’t matched them up to make the single “Bo Peep (Do U Right)” as part of the Songs From Scratch series more than a year ago, and they probably wouldn’t have kept working together, making the new free EP No More, if that first song hadn’t turned out to be something transcendent. But beyond the surface differences, both of them have something much more important in common: They’re both really, really good at what they do, and that’s the reason we still know their names.


Perfect Pussy and Pity Sex opening for New Pornographers
Jul 23, 2014 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Sounds like show bookers in Detroit are definitely amusing themselves!

The Detroit show is September 6th. Most of New Porn's tour is later in the fall, and with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

The New Pornographers declare "War on the East Coast" in post-apocalyptic new video (watch)

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Devendra Banhart Golden Girls (LIARS Remix)
Jul 23, 2014 1:42pm | StereoGum

Last year, Devendra Banhart put out the new album Mala, which included the brief but chilling folk song “Golden Girls.” Now, Liars — who this year put out the great and overlooked album Mess — have stretched that minute and a half to nearly 10 minutes in their sprawling remix. What begins as a minimal techno rework of the song eventually shifts into uneasy ambience before coming back to life as a percussive and creepy dance track that fits with the vibe of their new album. Listen to the remix, the original, and “Thank You For Being A Friend,” the classic opening theme to the The Golden Girls, below.


ticket info for Jessie Ware's upcoming tour
Jul 23, 2014 1:37pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Jessie Ware, who features on the new SBTRKT album, recently announced a new album and tour which brings her to NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. We said to stay tuned for ticket info but have since realized that the only way to get in to all shows on the tour is via a ballot on her site. Registration is open through July 28 at noon UK time, and if you end up being one of the lucky ones, you'll find out by July 30 with a link to buy tickets. Jessie adds, "your name will be printed on each ticket so you can't flog them to touts!"

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EMA announces North American fall tour
Jul 23, 2014 1:32pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Erika M. Anderson, aka EMA, is set to tour North America this fall in continued support of her excellent new album, The Future’s Void. The jaunt kicks off on September 16th at Chicago Theatre and includes shows with Spoon, as well as appearances at Pygmalion and MidPoint music festivals. Consult her full itinerary below.

(Read: EMA: The Spotlight’s Void)

EMA 2014 Tour Dates:
07/26 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
08/17 – Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW
09/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre #
09/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Riverside Theater #
09/18 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre Madison #
09/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater #
09/20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant #
09/21 – St. Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall #
09/23 – Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom #
09/25 – Springfield, MO @ Bar and Arcade
09/26 – Champaign-Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
09/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
09/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
09/30 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
10/01 – Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange
10/03 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
10/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/24 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
10/26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

# = w/ Spoon

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Youll Never Get To Heaven Adorn + Caught In Time, So Far Away
Jul 23, 2014 1:30pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

Thanks to our friends DIANA for the heads up on London, Ontario, analog dream-pop duo You’ll Never Get To Heaven, and the group’s entrancing and elegant new EP, Adorn. Listen to the record’s gorgeous title track, and the every-bit-as-lovely opener “Caught In Time, So Far Away“, which sounds a bit like Chromatics at their most haunting and ethereal, below. Adorn was originally self-released by YNGTH earlier this year on cassette, and will get new life on 12″ later this summer via Montreal label Psychic Handshake; listen to EP in its entirety (including a dreamy Eno cover) here.

Death Valley Girls Announce New EP, Electric High, Share Tour Dates
Jul 23, 2014 1:26pm | CMJ

Death Valley Girls. Their new EP, Electric High, comes out August 19. The cover art screams all 1979-Raw Records-cum-1990s-Rip Off Records punk. Their sound skews a little more riff-rock snarl. The femme singer, Bonnie Bloomgarden, formerly of 2000s NYC greasers, the Witnesses, is almost comically snotty, almost. They had a cassette on Burger (sold out), and apparently they’re based in L.A., but their dive-ready crunch implies cold city grit. Patty Schemel from Hole and Upset is in it. And that’s about all you need to know for now, pal. They’ve got a tour coming up this fall, so you can go to the shows and ask them yourselves, because they’re not telling.

Tour Dates For Death Valley Girls:
07/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (Part Time Punks) ^
08/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising
08/31 – North Folk, CA – Bandit Town Allnight Campout
09/30 – Los Angeles CA – Echo *
10/04 – Joshua Tree CA – Babes Rideout 2014
10/07 – San Diego CA – Casbah #
10/08 – Los Angeles CA – Bootleg Theatre #
10/10 – San Francisco CA – Bottom of the Hill #
10/11 – Portland OR – Dante’s #
10/12 – Seattle WA – The Tractor #

^ w/ Majik Markers
* w/ La Luz
# w/ Shonen Knife

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Band To Watch: For Everest
Jul 23, 2014 1:04pm | StereoGum

One of my favorite albums of all time is Brand New’s The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. It’s an album that’s built as much on atmosphere as it is on songcraft, luxuriating in aimlessness tempered with short bursts of well-orchestrated chaos. When I learned that For Everest made a conscious effort to emulate that feeling on their new EP, No Jazz Rock, everything I knew I liked about the band clicked into place. Nowhere is this influence more apparent than EP centerpiece “Beyond The Brush” — it sprawls out in the same way as the very best of Devil And God, following certain whims but never becoming overindulgent. Comparing an emo-adjacent band to Brand New is either an easy out for people who don’t know much about emo music or a ringing endorsement, so let’s consider this the latter.


Glass Ghost releasing 'LYFE' (stream a track), performing at Sound + Vision Fest at Lincoln Center
Jul 23, 2014 12:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Glass Ghost, whose lineup includes vocalist/producer Eliot Krimsky (also of Here We Go Magic and founder/drummer Mike Johnson (also of Dirty Projectors), are set to release a new album, LYFE, on September 16 via Western Vinyl. The album features contributions from Brian Betancourt of Hospitality, Joan Wasser of Joan As Police Woman, Dirty Projectors' Nat Baldwin, and ex-TEEN member Jane Herships. We've got the premiere of a new single from the album, "Sound of Money," which is a nice dose of arty pop that should appeal to fans of the other projects these guys are in. You can stream that, with the LP tracklist, below.

Glass Ghost are also performing during the Sound + Vision Festival. They play the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater on August 5. Here's what Lincoln Center's site says about the performance:

Centering around the music of the band Glass Ghost, the visual component of this show is based on audience data, which is mined by LYFE, a fictional company that identifies, analyzes, and advertises users emotions. Pre-show, participants take the MyLyfe survey, which asks them for a selfie, their online behavior, and drawings of a better future. During the show, as the music of Glass Ghost plays, audience members witness themselves and their data on the a screen--watched, quantified, and advertised, and then digitally disrupted as the LYF...

White Fence rearranges haunted furniture in Chairs In The Dark video
Jul 23, 2014 12:58pm | Chart Attack

You've heard White Fence's For The Recently Found Innocent. Now Tim Presley's garage rock project has a video for "Chairs In The Dark," a not-so-surreal excursion once you figure out the strange black & white imagery is actually following the gently moaned lyrics. That means onions get hacked, a "pretty girl" is introduced, plus a lot of chair shots. Modest and affecting.

White Fence's new album For The Recently Found Innocent is out now via Drag City.

White Fence rearranges haunted furniture in “Chairs In The Dark” video by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Duran Duran are suing their fan club for $40,000
Jul 23, 2014 12:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

As it turns out, fan clubs arent necessarily full of sappy teenagers longingly writing letters to rock stars in hopes they might one day marry them or become their new BFFs. (Please get back to me, Rick Springfield.) Some are big business, with a sizable number of companies across the globe whose sole responsibility is to create additional revenue streams for the actual artist.

The Chicago-based Worldwide Fan Clubs is just one of these companies, and until recently they counted Duran Duran among their list of satisfied clients. Only now, the 80s pop icons have sued WFC for failing to deliver several contractually-obligated payments. I hear thousands of adolescent hearts shattering in every corner of the world.

As The Chicago Sun-Times reports, Duran Duran filed a lawsuit earlier this week in the amount of $40,000. According to the suit, Duran Duran and WFC entered into an agreement in 2010, where the latter would create and manage the bands global fan club.

As part of the deal, WFC would be responsible for the sales and inventory of Durans merchandise catalog, collecting membership fees, and maintaining accounting records, all while splitting the profits 75-25 in favor of Duran. The groups attorneys allege that WFC never kept accurate financial records and have yet to deliver revenue payments.

So, in case youre concerned, just remember: Duran Duran still loves their ac...

Joel Gion of Brian Jonestown Massacre releasing LP w/ his solo band (streams); BJM released a new album too
Jul 23, 2014 12:49pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

You may know Joel Gion as the mutton-chopped tambourine player in Brian Jonestown Massacre whose sense of humor and wry asides made him a scene-stealer in BMJ doc DiG!. (You may also know him from that one episode of Gilmore Girls.) Joel is still with the BJM but he's got a solo album, Apple Bonkers, out on August 19 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

If you're a Jonestown follower, you might recognize some of the people who play on the album: Matt Hollywood, Daniel Allaire, Miranda Lee Richards, Pete Holstrom (to name a few). Says Joel of the album:

With all the BJM members now living  so spread out across the world, I found myself increasingly missing the album making process. This feeling of disconnect is what kick started me into exploring my own song writing process and turned out to be a hugely important piece of self discovery. No more time for my beloved laziness. So I made my own music with a with bunch of friends in the studio coming and going and having a great time creating. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by this album.
With the musicians involved, it's no surprise that sonically it's firmly in the BJM's psychedelic '60s wheelhouse, but this is pretty together stuff and Gion has more up his sleeve than a tambourine. (He's not a bad singer, either, if you were wondering.) Hear for yourself, we've...

Watch Elizabeth Olsen Cover Rilo Kiley In A Clip From Very Good Girls
Jul 23, 2014 12:49pm | StereoGum

Jenny Lewis scored the movie Very Good Girls, which comes out in theaters in a few days, and Rilo Kiley’s “Go Ahead” is used in a scene where Elizabeth Olsen performs the song at an open-mic. The film is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner, Lewis’ friend and mother of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Kiernan Shipka, and Peter Sarsgaard. Watch a clip of Olsen singing the Take Offs And Landings track below.


TOPS Way To Be Loved
Jul 23, 2014 12:47pm | StereoGum

As I said when we recently premiered “Sleeptalker,” TOPS have a very different sound than the one typically associated with Arbutus Records, but they still deliver smolderingly romantic songs similar to their labelmates. Their newest, “Way To Be Loved,” is filled with crisp, modest guitar riffs, not-so-modest bass lines, and Jane Penny’s soft but firm vocals. It’s a fantastic statement of purpose for an album opener — and the album it kicks off looks to be another great addition to the label’s rich catalog. Listen below.


Latitude 2014: Part One
Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The first part of Howard Melnyczuk's take on this year's Suffolk festival, featuring Jungle, SOHN, Conor Oberst and Damon Albarn.
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