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Mike Birbiglia announces 6-week Off-Broadway run of "Thank God For Jokes" (tickets on Black Friday weekend pre-sale now)
Nov 27, 2015 2:57pm | Brooklyn Vegan


In Mike's own words:

It's me, Mike. That p'awkward idiot who jumped through the window in his sleep. Happy Thanksgiving! I feel genuinely thankful for you.

I have performed my all-new show "Thank God For Jokes" in EIGHTY CITIES in the last two years. Are there eighty cities in America? Yes, and 2,019 Applebee's. But I'm not here to tell you about Riblets.

I'm here to tell you that my final stop for "Jokes" is New York City.

For six weeks I'll be performing "Thank God for Jokes" in the beautiful and intimate Lynn Redgrave Theater, the same theatre where I debuted Sleepwalk with Me eight years ago. To this day I have people come up to me on the street and tell me about seeing Sleepwalk there 8 years ago. We put our hearts into these off-Broadway shows. We have a Tony award winning set designer Beowulf Boritt. We have our award-winning director Seth Barrish. I have honed the material to be the most precise, finely tuned, funniest show I can possibly conceive. It will be a blast. I promise.

And I'm telling you first. Because here's the thing. Theater tickets are insanely expensive. I know. I get it. It's absurd. So I'm giving you the first chance to buy tickets today at a discount. Before a press release goes out. Before there's a single ad or subway poster. When you use the code "JOKES" you can buy tickets f...

Yahoo accidentally publishes a Rihanna review before even hearing the album
Nov 27, 2015 2:47pm | Chart Attack

The competition for clicks, often makes the game of online music journalism feel a bit like a drag race: the first one there wins. And like a drag race, sometimes, people hammer the gas early.

Rihanna's Anti is rumoured to drop sometime today, but an overeager editor down at Mic, perhaps drunk on turkey, pressed go on a pre-written review yesterday before the author had even heard the album. Then, compounding the boo-boo and further evidencing the breakneck rhythm of internet news, Yahoo aggregated the story which, who knows, is probably an automated bit of code at this point blasting the writer's rough notes even deeper into cyber space. Both sites have since removed the article (but we have a screenshot below).

The reviewer's draft leaves hilarious fill-in-the-blanks like "[FEATURED ARTISTS]" and "[NUMBER OF TRACKS]" and "[LYRICS]." It's a template, a shell, and for the most cynical, the mechanics of quick hit web-based music writing denuded. Proof positive that reviews are dead, some have cried.

Or maybe, we're the dummies and its actually an ingenious meta-review, itself criticizing the pallid state of art criticism and its atrophied audience in the age of the ever-refreshing Twitter feed (which is ticking away in the background set to #Rihanna, making sure Anti doesn't really appear before I finish this article).

Shut Up, Dude: This Weeks Best And Worst Comments
Nov 27, 2015 2:22pm | StereoGum
Shut Up, DudeHappy Black Friday, commenters! We skipped the Week In Pop, 5 Best Songs, and 5 Best Videos columns because of the holiday this week, but I won't make you wait until December for Shut Up, Dude. The new music release schedule is slowing down in this post-25 season, but there are still a few interesting … More »

Dan Auerbachs The Arcs Are Already Finishing Another Record
Nov 27, 2015 2:08pm | StereoGum
Dan AuerbachThe Black Keys' Dan Auerbach formed a new band called the Arcs earlier this year, and they released their debut album, Yours, Dreamily, at the end of August. But fret not -- Auerbach is making sure that fans won't have to wait too long to get their next fix of soul-infused blues-rock. The … More »

More people searched for Adeles lyrics on Google than for torrents, streams
Nov 27, 2015 1:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Adeles 25 is the fastest-selling album in music history, moving over three million units in its first six days of release. Aside from her cross-generation appeal, it seems the UK pop star successfully managed to curb the trend of illegal downloads.

In a new study, Musixmatch examined Adele-related search terms on Google, and found “adele 25 lyrics” was two-times higher than the search volume for ‘adele 25 torrent’ and ‘adele 25 youtube’ on the album’s release date.


As of Friday, 25 has sold more than three million copies in the US and another 800,000 in the UK. The album remains unavailable on all streaming platforms aside from Pandora.

Santigold teams up with iLoveMakonnen for Who Be Lovin Me listen
Nov 27, 2015 12:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

When the announcement went out for Santigolds long-awaited follow-up to Master of My Make-Believe, entitled 99¢, it came with the promise of numerous collaborations. Vampire Weekends Rostam Batmanglij and Hit-Boy are said to be on the record, among others. Today, Santigold has revealed the first of the album’s collaborations, “Who be Lovin’ Me”, which features rapper iLoveMakonnen.

“So dear, what’s it gonna be?” the pair ask over the track’s hazy, smoked out instrumentals, “‘Cause I got boys around the world who be lovin’ me.” The beat is built on light percussion and some throbbing synths courtesy of Zeds Dead. “We met Makonnen on the Mad Decent Boat Party last year and knew he could kill this beat, the Toronto-based production duo said in a press release. He hit us up and said he and Santigold both were jumping on it. Were big fans of hers, so when he brought that back to us it was a no-brainer. The record just came together really naturally and the final cut is something were all really happy with.

The track comes by way of a video directed by Santigold herself alongside Trouble Andrew. Filmed at this year’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia, the clip sees Santi and Makonnen riding dirty through the festival grounds on their personal Cadillac Escalade golf cart. Along the way, they bump into other fe...

The trouble with political correctness
Nov 27, 2015 12:29pm | Chart Attack
Photo credit: Philipp Arndt Photography

People who draw attention to others political correctness these days seem to hurl the term as an insult. Its become a shadowy stand-in for lack of backbone, a lack of conviction. A fetterer of free speech, is the favoured accusation thrown at PC people.

Usually, though, its men of a certain demographic who offer this feedback, and if you have even basic listening skills, youll hear their trepidation.

Last week in Toronto, the Harris Institute, an audio production school, passed whats been referred to in the media as an anti-PC policy. The policy purports to be designed to protect students and faculty from racially, sexually or religiously motivated harassment, as well as the incitement to commit violence and the shouting down of opposing views.

Its the survival rate of opposing views that the schools president, John Harris, seems to be most concerned about, though. He acknowledges that words can be harmful, but doesnt seem to see the direct link between harmful or violent language and physical violence. I spoke to him over the phone this week and, perhaps predictably, he said a whole bunch of un-PC things.

New students will know before they attend Harris Institute that theyre going to hear certain words that might be offensive, he told me over the phone. People seem to be much more sensitive about a lot of things today, so that needed to be addressed in the policy.

Harris is right that peop...

M.I.A. highlights the refugee experience in video for Borders watch
Nov 27, 2015 12:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

When M.I.A. announced her album/film project Matahdatah, she promised that each of the LP’s singles would be accompanied by a video. After sharing “Borders” last week, the always politically minded alt-rapper has released the track’s video focusing on the refugee crisis.

The juxtaposition of images with the lyrics makes plenty of sense when you pay attention to phrases like, “Borders,” “politics,” “police shots,” “identities”, “your privilege,” and “boat people” all followed by the question, “What’s up with that?” M.I.A. places herself in front of various scenes heartbreakingly familiar to refugees around the world, like climbing over metal fences (hi, Donald) or being crowded on boats with dozens of other stark-faced escapees. Check out the video below.

There’s no official release date for Matahdatah as of yet. However, M.I.A.’s recent audiovisual piece Broader Than a Border did feature another new track supposedly from the album, “Swords”.

Watch Jimmy Fallon & Rashida Jones Sing Holiday Versions Of The Years Pop Hits
Nov 27, 2015 12:03pm | StereoGum
Watch Jimmy Fallon & Rashida Jones Sing Holiday Versions Of The Year's Pop HitsRashida Jones guested on The Tonight Show this week to sing a mash-up of Holiday remixes with Jimmy Fallon. The duo parodied the biggest pop songs of the year, including "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift, "Bitch Better Have My Money" by Rihanna, and of course, Drake's "Hotline Bling." The duo was later joined by Queen … More »

Maylee Todd Lonely
Nov 27, 2015 11:45am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Thanks to Silent Shout for the heads up on this wistful (but eminently danceable) new jam from Toronto's Maylee Todd. Watch the lovely video directed by Fred Yurichuk, Jason Lutz, and Maylee herself + starring dancer Minae Omi below, and download the track for free here.

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Sia shares new single One Million Bullets listen
Nov 27, 2015 11:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Sia has thus far shared two tracks off her forthcoming album This is Actingand they both followed a similar thematic path of self-empowerment. “Alive” is all about overcoming adversity and being better for it at the end, while “Bird Set Free” champions self-confidence and finding the strength to be yourself. The latest sampling from the record, however, takes the more classic love song route, but of course done with the Aussie songstress’ dramatic flair.

“One Million Bullets” starts as a slow burn of synthetic beats, building up as Sia’s cracking, stuttering vocals layer on top of each other. They climb higher and higher until they reach the invigorating chorus where she promises her lover, “Under the moonlight/ Under your moonlit gaze/ I know that I’d take one million bullets, babe.” Sure, your significant other said they’d take a shot for you, but Sia’s willing to take on an entire freakin’ army. Now that’s love, folks.

Take a listen to “One Million Bullets” below.

This is Acting is due out January 29th via RCA.

How Baloji traced his Congolese roots to hear another side of Africa
Nov 27, 2015 11:43am | Fact Magazine

Tracing his roots has been an important part of Balojis music from the start.

Moving to Belgium from the Democratic Republic of the Congo at an early age, the solo material hes released since 2007 has been about exploring his connection with the country which he first called home. His first album, Hotel Impala, was written as a way of explaining to his mother in the DRC what hed been doing with his life in the 25 years before they reconnected. On his second, Kinshasa Succursale, he worked with a troop of Congolese musicians to root his songs in the countrys traditional forms.

His new EP, 64 Bits & Malachite, offers a far more open drift from Congolese soukous to hip hop and the souped up Belgian dance culture in which he grew up. It also addresses the countrys political and social realities much more head on than before: take the two astronaut figures in the video for Capture’, for example. The pair, part of the Kinshasa-based Kongo Astronauts art project, appear as a clear nod to the afrofuturist symbolism of figures like Sun Ra. An aesthetic created in response to the impossible conditions imposed on those in the African diaspora, it forms a part of what their websites About page says is the the interzone of digital globalization where the past, future and present collide and crash into the politics of intimacy and the ident...

David Bowie, Björk, Thom Yorke, & More Sign Letter Urging Climate Change Deal
Nov 27, 2015 11:34am | StereoGum
BjörkDazed reports that David Bowie, Björk, Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Phil Selway, Courtney Barnett, Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde, Bobby Gillespie, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver's S. Carey, and more signed an open letter asking international leaders to reach a deal at the UN's climate change conference in Paris on Monday. 300 artists, musicians, and … More »


The gorilla gets the girl in Tame Impalas video for The Less I Know the Better watch
Nov 27, 2015 11:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

“The Less I Know the Better” off Tame Impalas Currents recounts that all-too familiar tale of being in love with someone who’s chosen someone else. In the new video for the standout track, the expectations of who comes out on top in the triangle are flipped in wonderfully stylized fashion.

The clip plays on the well-established dynamic of the head cheerleader hooking up with the star basketball player. In this world, it turns out the pretty cheer captain has a bit of a furry fetish, as she much prefers the team’s gorilla mascot (“Trevor”) to its leading scorer. There are some slightly NSFW shots, but also some crazily imaginative ones, like the dancers’ King Kong hand outfits or the intricately animated psychedelic breakdown. It’s as trippy and creative as anything you’ll hear on a Tame record, and well worth the watch. Check it out below.

stream Erykah Badu's 'But You Caint Use My Phone' mixtape feat. Andre 3000 and Drake
Nov 27, 2015 10:54am | Brooklyn Vegan

Erykah Badu

Last month, Erykah Badu released a remix/cover of Drake's "Hotline Bling," which she now used as the inspiration for her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape which is out today on Apple Music. That remix reappears but it's now called "Cel U Lar Device," and Drake himself appears on the song "U Use to Call Me." Erykah's ex-boyfriend and past collaborator Andre 3000 appears too, on the song "Hello." DatPiff has a stream of the whole thing, which you can listen to below.

Erykah plays NYC on Wednesday (12/2) at Kings Theater (sold out).

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