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Years & Years King (TCTS Remix) (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 30, 2015 3:00pm | StereoGum

Years & Years kicked off 2015 by earning one of the most respected co-signs in the industry, the top vote in the BBC’s Sound Of 2015 poll. This victory puts the London trio of Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy, and Emre Turkmen in good company, as past winners include artists like Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, and Adele. Now, Manchester DJ and producer TCTS (Sam O’Neill) has remixed their breakout single “King” — which will be officially released through Polydor on March 1 — lopping off the song’s warm, round edges to deliver an icy, smeared reinvention. Listen below.


Disney announces release dates for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX, teases further trilogies
Jan 30, 2015 2:12pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Disney has unveiled more of its plans for the upcoming Star Wars trilogy. In a meeting with shareholders this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Episode VIII will arrive in 2017, two years after the J.J. Abrams-helmed Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters. The final film in the trilogy, Episode IX, will follow in 2019.

What’s more, if you take much stock into Iger’s word choice, he may have seemingly dropped an even bigger bombshell. Iger described Episode IX as “the end of this trilogy,” suggesting plans for additional films in the Star Wars cinematic universe beyond what’s already announced.

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens officially arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2015 (watch the first teaser trailer below). The franchise’s first spin-off film, directed by Gareth Edwards, is due out the following year on December 16th.

Pusha T Has Been Running An Instagram Account For His Dog
Jan 30, 2015 1:58pm | StereoGum

Pusha T is one of those rappers whose social media presence extends beyond the PR blasts and links to new music; his posts have personality — like the time he invited Lil Wayne to join GOOD Music after his problems with Cash Money. But aside from his own meticulous presence on Twitter and Instagram, Pusha has been faithfully maintaining an Instagram account for his dog, CJ Thornton.


Krill Tiger
Jan 30, 2015 1:34pm | StereoGum

Next month, the DIY Boston skronk-rock trio Krill will unleash their new album A Distant Fist Unclenching upon the world, and we’ve already heard jittery songs like “Torturer” and “Foot.” The latest track that they’ve shared is “Tiger,” a rambling seven-minute bugout about a villager being mauled by a tiger. As with so much this band does, it is a very strange piece of work. Listen to it below.


Diet Cig (Bagel Radio) And Mark Rogers And Mary Byrne (WVIA)
Jan 30, 2015 1:18pm | CMJ

Diet Cig (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via Bagel Radio in Forest Hills, NY, and WVIA in Pittston, PA.

Diet Cig on Bagel Radio

Diet Cig describe themselves as “two homies just making tunes and eggs on the regz,” an attitude embodied by the endearing and carefree nature of their debut EP. Front-woman Alex Luciano wrote these songs before ever meeting Noah Bowman (Earl Boykins), but after joining forces, the songs manifested themselves into the unavoidably catchy tunes that caught our attention on Bagel Radios chart this week.

Over Easy by DIET CIG

Mark Rogers And Mary Byrne on WVIA

Brooklyn-based duo of Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne are not altogether new to CMJ. Rogers’ previous band the Loom are CMJ Music Marathon alums and had some success on the charts as well, but landing a spot on WVIAs playlist this week was their debut to CMJ as a duo. Their resplendent release, I Line My Days Along Your Weight, caught our attention this week with its evocative melodies that help to distract from the gloom of the post-snow storm grime.

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Tom Petty wrote Sam Smith song w/ Disclosure's friend Tourist, but not the War on Drugs LP w/ Mark Knopfler (or Kozelek)
Jan 30, 2015 12:52pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Philly band The War on Drugs had the biggest year ever thanks to their amazing album Lost in the Dream which topped a bunch of year end lists and landed on countless others, including our own.

If you're a fan of Lost in the Dream, but not of Tom Petty and Dire Straits, maybe now's a good time to start digging back into the catalogs of those classic rockers. As the Guardian points out:

This Philadelphian longhair and his band have dusted off the smug 80s chug of Dire Straits, the percolations of Tom Petty and the more over-produced corners of Springsteen and made a startlingly clubbable record out of them.
That's right. Thanks to The War on Drugs, Tom Petty and Dire Straits are cool again.

Another reason Petty is cool right now? It recently came to light that the Traveling Wilburys member co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" by Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith! Okay, maybe he didn't do it on purpose, but he is now one officially of the song's co-writers.

Many people noticed that "Stay With Me" sounded a lot like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down", and recently people noticed that it now says "Tom Petty" in the online credits for the song. Sam Smith's people released this statement:

"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written ...

Ramleh and JFK crushed eardrums at two NYC shows (pics from Nothing Changes party with Kleistwahr)
Jan 30, 2015 12:51pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Greg Cristman

Ramleh @ Nothing Changes / Home Sweet Home, 1/28/2015

Power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh just played two NYC shows, a rare visit for these Brits. The first was a late, late Wednesday night (1/28) show at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. Ramleh members Anthony di Franco and Gary Mundy also did solo sets as JFK and Kleistwahr, respectively. Power and noise were on full display as their sets pulverized earplugs. Add to the the party's ubiquitous fog machines, it was full-on sensory overload.

Thursday night (1/29), Ramleh hit Saint Vitus for a show with JFK, Alberich, Theologian, and York Factory Complaint. Anyone go to that one? Pictures from the Nothing Changes are in this post and continue below...

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This Weeks 5 Best Songs: Operators, Mikal Cronin and more
Jan 30, 2015 12:31pm | Chart Attack
This week's 5 best songs run the gamut from hip-house to orchestrated indie pop, slacker rock and more. They're waiting for you to hit play.

Operators, "Ecstasy In My House"

Dan Boeckner and Devojka's synth pop outfit deliver a serpentine, four-on-the-floor rave-up for Boeckner's plaintive cry. Not every dance is a celebration; sometimes it's an exorcism.

Mikal Cronin, "Made My Mind Up"

Here, Cronin channels Evan Dando, where even this stew of sunny licks manages to sound bittersweet, as if good times themselves portend rain clouds. No reason why melancholia can't be crazy catchy though, right?

Kaytranada feat. Vic Mensa, "Drive Me Crazy"

Montreal producer Kaytranada made his name with remixes, but as he moves into full-scale collaborations (let's call them "pre-mixes"), he's showing what he can really do. Vic Mensa is at his best over neon electronic beats (the rap flow every DJ dreams of), so this is a natural fit.

Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian At Best"

Put me on a pedestal, and Ill only disappoint you, rolls off her tongue, dripping in desperation and self-deprecation. In quick succession, she spews everything an over-self-conscious 20-something has bottled inside after a shitty day.

Alex G, "Sarah"

"Sarah" is an unreleased song fr...

This Weeks 5 Best Music Videos: Kanye West, Teenanger and more
Jan 30, 2015 12:30pm | Chart Attack
We had a lot of favourite videos this week, not least of which was Absolutely Free morphing into a Norman McLaren NFB short. But since we shot that and we're 100% impartial, we'll have to go with these other 5 best music videos of the week. They're all good too.

Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney, "Only One"

The truth is: Kanye has always used his visual presence (videos, TV spots, talk show performances) as a vital part of his messaging; its how he presents his side of the story, telegraphs stylistic changes, and gently manipulates the discourse around him. So many of the nuances of Kanye West have come to us by way of his music videos.

Teenanger, "Twisted"

If E P L P was the perfect record to tip beers to in summer's dying days, then the "Twisted" video, velvet painting come to life that it is, is that night at the cottage when you and your friends decide it might be fun to try mushrooms again. Psychedelia never really gets old.

Ariel Pink, "Dayzed Inn Daydreams"

Rick Wilder (lead singer of '70s cult band The Mau-Mau's) stars as the glam Mickey Rourke, a former rock god who now bags groceries, gets dressed down by his boss and hassled by no good kids, who don't see his former highs in his emaciated, nose-pierced face, but just see an old freak.

Light Fires, "Call It Like That"

Sia gives another memorable performance on Ellen watch
Jan 30, 2015 12:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

No one celebrates a birthday quite like Ellen DeGeneres. Instead of throwing a little shindig at the local pub, the comedian’s spent this week welcoming big-name stars to her daytime talk show, including both Kanye West and Sam Smith for Thursday’s very eventful episode. Today, she continued the festivities by bringing on the incomparable Sia for a performance of her latest 1000 Forms of Fear single “Elastic Heart”.

Led by exceptional young dancer and resident Sia sidekick Maddie Ziegler, the staging featured a number of “boxed” children donning the pop star’s signature blonde bob. (See if you can spot the real Sia.) Although it wasn’t as stirring as Sia’s recent SNL takeover, and was without Shia LeBeouf and the intense choreography of the single’s accompanying video, the whole affair still managed to be yet another dazzling piece of performance art. Watch it below.

After her “Elastic Heart” performance, Sia announced that she’d be performing at this year’s Grammys, which air February 8th on CBS.

Debbie Harry expands Cafe Carlyle residency, reading at 'Celebrity Autobiography' series in NYC
Jan 30, 2015 11:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

Blondie singer Debbie Harry has an upcoming NYC residency at Cafe Carlyle, and since we last posted, it's been expanded. It now runs from March 24 to April 4 with an 8:45 PM show each night, as well as newly-added 10:45 PM shows on Friday, March 27 and Friday, April 3. You can make reservations by phone at 212.744.1600 for the newly-added late shows. The others are sold out.

Theater Mania reports that Debbie will also appear at Upper West Side theater Stage 72 on March 14 and 16 for the Celebrity Autobiography series, which features "a line-up of rotating performers who read--in both solo and ensemble pieces-- the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies." The 3/14 show also features Pamela Adlon, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Ralph Macchio, Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel; and on 3/16 it's Adlon, Dratch, Garofalo, Pack, and Reyfel once again, plus Tate Donovan and Alan Zweibel. Tickets for both are on sale now.

Also, if you were curious, Debbie Harry doesn't shop for clothes anymore.

Watch a 1979 Blondie concert at the Apollo Theater, below...

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Carter Tutti revisit Deep Velvet in new video
Jan 30, 2015 11:58am | Fact Magazine

The Throbbing Gristle founders’ new project finds them rerecording and remixing their old songs.

Last year, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti toured with the intention of reworking their old songs as Chris & Cosey. They finished off that year by announcing a new album based on the shows. Now the finished project, Carter Tutti Play Chris & Cosey will be out February 12.

Immediately following the release of the album, the duo will play a special final performance on February 15 at the Heaven Nightclub in London before heading into the studio to record their next album as Carter Tutti Void, a collaborative project with Nik Void of Factory Floor.

Now you can listen to Carter and Tutti’s remix of their 1989 song ‘Deep Velvet’ with a new video made from visuals used on their 2014 tour below.

Watch a drunk Jimmy Fallon sing Billy Joels Piano Man at a bar
Jan 30, 2015 11:52am | Cosequence Of Sound

Jimmy Fallon, who’s known for his on-point impressions, impersonated Bill Murray over the weekend by simply showing up to a bar and becoming the center of attention. Surprising patrons at Marie’s Crisis Cafe, a gay bar in New York City’s West Village, the Tonight Show host drank and led the whole place in song.

Among Fallon’s passionate renditions was an a capella take on Billy Joels “Piano Man”. The song is a crowd-pleaser, sure, but the obvious intoxication of Fallon and the Marie’s Crisis regulars made for a really compelling take on the 1973 classic.

Fallon also serenaded the crowd with “Summer Nights” from the Grease soundtrack, which served as a throwback to his 2004 Saturday Night Live send-off, and “Believe It Or Not”, the theme song from Greatest American Hero. Watch all the performance footage below.

This isn’t Fallon’s first time going to a drinking hole unannounced. Last year, he narrowly escaped a brawl and bought a round of vodka shots for an entire Chelsea establishment all in one weekend.

“Piano Man”

“Summer Nights”

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“Believe It Or Not”

Deerhoof Black Pitch Video
Jan 30, 2015 11:46am | StereoGum

Deerhoof continued their two-decade reign over noise-addled pop on last year’s La Isla Bonita, and now they’ve released a video for one of the record’s fuzzier, more-subdued moments, “Black Pitch.” The band’s firecracker frontwoman Satomi Matsuzak strolls through London’s well-known seaside spots, including Canary Wharf and Battersea, playing further on the album title. What I like best about the clip is her utter lack of pretension — aside from the streak of blue in her side ponytail, there’s no indication that this woman is a decade-spanning creative force. She could be just another woman wandering the shore, and you get the feeling that’s the point. Watch it below.


Beliefs working on new LP, playing NYC shows with Wildhoney, and new Matador signing Algiers (dates, videos)
Jan 30, 2015 11:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

Toronto shoegazers Beliefs have a new album, Leaper, which will be out later this year via Hand Drawn Dracula. You can check out the video for "Tidal Wave," which will be on the album, below. As mentioned, Beliefs will be in NYC next week playing Cake Shop on February 4 as part of a pretty killer bill of Baltimore's Wildhoney, UK band Leave the Planet, and NYC's Dead Leaf Echo. $8 at the door for that one. They've also just added a second NYC show at Baby's All Right on February 6 with Algiers and The Flag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Algiers are an Atlanta band who recently signed to Matador and make goth/industrial-leaning soul (or soulful goth/industrial?). You can check out the video for "But She Was Not Flying" below. Algiers also play Mercury Lounge on February 4 that is also with The Flag which is the current project of Ted McGrath (Antimagic, These Are Powers). Tickets are on sale now. These are Algiers first-ever NYC shows.

Videos below...

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