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Majid Jordan King City Video
Feb 5, 2016 2:54pm | StereoGum
Majid Jordan - Majid Jordan's self-titled debut album is out today. To mark the occasion, the Drake affiliates have shared a new video for "King City," a ballad that promotes the same breathy, pillowy aesthetic they lent to "Hold On, We're Going Home," but slower and with way more synth ripples. Director Common Good's video tracks the end … More »

new Brooklyn venue Sunnyvale open: grand opening party this weekend w/ Oberhofer, LODRO, Psychic TV DJ set, more
Feb 5, 2016 2:46pm | Brooklyn Vegan


Sunnyvale is a new Brooklyn venue, located at 1031 Grand St (that's officially East Williamsburg). They've been in "soft open" mode for the last couple weeks (has anyone gone?) but will have their official Grand Opening Party on Saturday (2/6) featuring live sets from Oberhofer and LODRO, plus Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge & Edley O'Dowd, and a late-night DJ set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets are on sale.

They're also going to have a regular comedy night, called "Just a Show," which is hosted by Harris Mayersohn and its inaugural night happens February 17 with Aparna Nancherla, Catherine Cohen, Yedoye Travis, Josh Gondelman, and Drew Michael with videos by Mitra Jouhari (tickets).

Tonight (2/5) at Sunnyvale it's Cole, Angels in America, D. Gookin and Jacob Marley. There's also a free Superbowl party with late night karaoke on Sunday (2/7). More events and shows to be announced.

Flyers below...

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Lost Kanye, Eminem Tim Westwood must be sitting on a goldmine of vintage freestyles
Feb 5, 2016 2:44pm | Chart Attack

Yesterday, UK radio DJ Tim Westwood shared a never-before-seen freestyle from Kanye West, filmed in 2004 before the release of College Dropout. In the six and a half minutes of footage, Kanye freestyles over a few different instrumentals, including his track "Slow Jamz."

It's a welcome bit of nostalgia for hip-hop heads, especially with the impending release of a new Ye record. Is this the Yeezy who shows up on Waves? Or is it Swish again? Whatever.

YouTube Video

Westwood has been on a bit of a #TBT trip, sharing unreleased freestyles over the past few months from the likes of Jay-Z, Common, and DMX. It was just last week that he shared an exclusive session with Eminem and Proof, recorded back in 1999. The two MCs set out on a 13-minute rap marathon, making their intricate rhymes and punchlines look like child's play.

YouTube Video

Alright, Tim, how many of these gems are you sitting on? Tens? Hundreds? I can only imagine. For the sake of music history, I just hope you're taking good care of those old hard drives. Keep the throwbacks coming, man.

Lost Kanye, Eminem Tim Westwood must be sitting on a goldmine of vintage freestyles by Adam Pugsley | Chart Attack.

Sheer Mag Cant Stop Fighting
Feb 5, 2016 2:33pm | StereoGum
Sheer Mag - Sheer Mag made waves with their first two EPs, and now the gritty, classic rock-indebted Philly band are back with another new song, "Can't Stop Fighting." Presumably the precursor to an upcoming release, the song uses Christina Halladay's authoritative voice in the same way all the rest of the band's songs do, espousing … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Feb 5, 2016 2:29pm | StereoGum
5BestThe Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos face off at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, CA this weekend, and though some of us are mildly excited for the game, most of the 'Gum staffers are looking forward to the halftime performance. It's fated to be a shitshow, but it's our shitshow, an all-American … More »

Josh Brolin to star in George Jones biopic from Straight Outta Compton writer
Feb 5, 2016 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

During an appearance on Conan this week, Josh Brolin revealed that he’s signed on to star as legendary country singer George Jones in a new biopic (via Rolling Stone). He also said his co-star is none other than Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, The Help), who’s taking on the role of Jones’ ex-wife and partner, Tammy Wynette.

The film takes its working title, No Show Jones, from the Possum’s tendency to miss shows due to his addiction to alcohol and cocaine. In fact, Brolin joked that his own history with substance abuse is what made the studio interested in him for the part.

“I have a bit of a past,” said Brolin, referring to a New Year’s Day 2013 arrest for public intoxication. “When they were trying to figure out who might be best able to best play George Jones, they thought, ‘What about Brolin? Who’s been to jail in the last 10 years? Let’s pick Brolin!'”

Jones actually began working on the film himself seven years ago prior to his death in 2013. His fourth wife and widow, Nancy Jones, has been shepherding the script forward ever since and will serve as executive producer. In November of 2014, she helped bring on screenwriter Alan Wenkus, who received an Oscar nomination this year for his work on the Straight Outta Compton script.

“He loved it, ...

Meyers brings life-or-death drama to electroacoustic music on Negative Space (19812014)
Feb 5, 2016 2:19pm | Fact Magazine

In 2014, Justin Meyers got very, very sick.

The experimental composer describes some of the experience (and the eventual life saving surgery) in the liner notes for his new album Negative Space (19812014) — the dates implying how close he came to death. Though Meyers spent over a decade making music and releasing work by noise essentials like Burning Star Core, Helm and Yellow Swans on his Tone Filth label, in recovery he found himself forced to find ways to produce music in line with new physical restrictions.

The result is Negative Space‘s fascinating sonic journey. From unsettling breaths of the two-part ‘Inhaler’ to the alternately peaces and choked ‘Exit Interview’, Meyers transcends the limited set-up he’s forced to work with. Listen to it below and grab the album starting today via Bandcamp.

Negative Space (19812014) by Meyers

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Kanye Will Pay You To Be An Extra At His Album Release Fashion Show
Feb 5, 2016 2:06pm | StereoGum
Kanye WestIt's not quite an invitation to join M83 or become Stone Temple Pilots' new lead singer, but it's something. Spin points out that Kanye West is seeking 1,200 extras for his album release party/fashion show this coming Thursday at Madison Square Garden. According to an email blast from Onset Productions, … More »

Official Bob Marley Brand Cannabis Launches Today
Feb 5, 2016 2:03pm | StereoGum
Marley WeedThe two things I remember most from my trip to Jamaica are Bob Marley and weed because both were ubiquitous. I know it may seem like a cliché or stereotypical view, but Marley is truly all over murals and T-shirts and his music can be heard wafting through the air along with the smell of … More »

A$AP Rocky Voices Falcon In Marvel Avengers Academy Video Game
Feb 5, 2016 2:02pm | StereoGum
A$AP Rocky Voices Falcon In Marvel Avengers Academy Video GameA$AP Rocky voices the superhero Falcon in the new Marvel Avengers Academy mobile game, as Spin points out. He's on the voice cast alongside John Cena (The Hulk), Alison Brie (Black Widow), Kiernan Shipka (Spider-Woman), and Dave Franco (Tony Stark/Iron Man). "LISTEN TO ME SPEAK ON THIS GAME," he announced his involvement on … More »

Mobb Deep announce 'Hell on Earth' 20th anniversary tour and reissue (dates)
Feb 5, 2016 2:01pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Mobb Deep

Queensbridge rap vets Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of their classic album The Infamous in 2015 (and 2014, actually), and this year they'll celebrate its also-great followup, 1996's Hell on Earth. They'll also give it a deluxe reissue with bonus material, Billboard reports.

The tour includes NYC shows on April 12 and 13 at the Blue Note, and they'll have the duo backed by Phony PPL. Though the Billboard announcement did say the whole tour is a Hell on Earth tour, Blue Note's website is actually saying they're performing The Infamous. Maybe we'll get some of both? Tickets for both NYC shows are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Hell on Earth classic "Drop A Gem On Em," below...

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Smoke DZA Morals (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
Feb 5, 2016 1:52pm | StereoGum
smoke DZAI tend to get kind of nervous whenever rappers use a biblical reference to title their works because they rarely live up to the lofty expectation the name aspires to. Harlem traditionalist Smoke DZA and Brooklyn producer Harry Fraud have linked for their collab album He Has Risen, and the first single, "Morals," is not … More »

Pete Yorn shares breezy new song Halifax listen
Feb 5, 2016 1:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Next month, Pete Yorn will issue Arranging Time, his first album in nearly six years. The follow-up to 2010’s self-titled album collects together 12 tracks and serves as his sixth full-length to date.

In a note posted to Facebook in November, the singer-songwriter described the record as representing “a step forward in sonics and creativity while celebrating and honoring some of the groundwork I laid back in the early part of the century,” adding that he was interested in revisiting his “original style of creating and recording.”

Previously, Yorn teased the album with lovely opening track “Summer Was A Day”. Now, he’s unveiled a second preview with “Halifax”, a breezy, soft-spoken number that sees him coolly singing, “I know you’re waiting for me, I see you sitting at the bus stop waving.”

Stream it below.

Arranging Time is due out on March 11th through Boyletown/Capitol Music. In support, Yorn will head out on the road next month.

Pete Yorn 2016 Tour Dates:
03/07 – Berlin, DE @ Gruener Salon
03/09 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
03/10 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
03/15 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
03/16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
03/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
03/19 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
03/20 &ndas...

The Monkees announce 2016 tour dates; Noel Gallagher contributed to their new album too
Feb 5, 2016 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Monkees

Yesterday, we mentioned that The Monkees will celebrate their 50th anniversary with their first new album in 20 years and a tour. Now the dates for that tour have been announced.

It hits NYC on June 1 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show should be on sale soon. All dates are listed below. Michael Nesmith, who did contribute to the new album, stopped touring with them last year.

As mentioned, their new album will feature songwriting from Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, XTC's Andy Partridge, Rogue Wave's Zach Schwartz, and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, who also produced it. Rolling Stone revealed today that Noel Gallagher contributed songwriting too. They also revealed the cover art, which is pictured above.

Listen to Weezer do "I'm A Believer," with the list of dates, below...

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Pitchfork Music Fest announces 2016 dates (tix on sale)
Feb 5, 2016 1:29pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)

The 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival will happen at Chicago's Union Park from July 15 - 17. They haven't announced any of the performers yet, but three-day passes and daily tickets are on sale now.

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