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Sun Kil Moon released 'Benji,' touring (dates & streams)
Mar 10, 2014 1:30pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Kil Moon, the current project of Mark Kozelek (ex-Red House Painters), released his newest album, Benji, last month via Mark's own Caldo Verde Records. Recorded with Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Advance Base) and Postal Service collaborator Jen Wood, the album is some Mark's most personal, blatantly honest, and heartbreaking material yet. He sings about the deaths of family members, the Newtown shooting, his childhood sexual experiences, and going to see The Postal Service in 2013 while reminiscing about meeting Ben Gibbard when Death Cab for Cutie played the small stage at a Spanish festival in 2000.
He also sings about watching the Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains the Same, listening to Pink Floyd's "Dogs," and pokes fun at Nels Cline. This is all done with incredible detail, and set to Sun Kil Moon's consistently great somber folk. It's one of Mark's best albums yet, and if you haven't heard it yet you can listen via RDIO. Three of its tracks can also be streamed below.
Mark will be in Austin for SXSW this week where his only show is the official Pitchfork showcase. Later in the year, Sun Kil Moon will go on a US tour following their appearances at Pitchfork Festival and Forecastle Festival that brings them to NYC for a show on July 24 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14...
Moog installation on display at Rough Trade this month
Mar 10, 2014 1:19pm | Brooklyn Vegan
While they still aren't having shows there yet, you might want to head to Rough Trade NYC this month to check out a large Moog installation. It is, in fact, the world's largest modern Moog installation which is free to visit, and the public can unleash their inner Rick Wakeman, press some keys and twiddle some knobs. The exhibit is open 11 AM - 11 PM daily through March 29. There will be some events as part of it as well -- on March 20 there will be a performance by Kiran Gandhi of M.I.A.'s band, and at a later date (TBA), Anna Barie of These Are Powers will perform as well.
This installation is a NYC tie-in to the upcoming Moogfest 2014 which happens in Asheville, NC from April 23-27.
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Listen: Mykki Blanco Wish You Would Feat. Princess Nokia
Mar 10, 2014 1:15pm | CMJ
The post Listen: Mykki Blanco – “Wish You Would” Feat. Princess Nokia appeared first on CMJ.
Chris Martin and Graham Coxon donate art for charity auction
Mar 10, 2014 1:14pm | NME
Ricky Wilson and Rizzle Kicks also create works for Eazl
Playlounge (pals w/ Joanna Gruesome, Nai Harvest & Pinact) releasing debut LP, 'Pilot' (stream 2 tracks)
Mar 10, 2014 1:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Andrew Sacher
UK fuzz rock/noise pop duo Playlounge hail from the same scene that's birthed bands such as Joanna Gruesome (who they've toured with, released a split with, and got matching tattoos with "in the early days"), Nai Harvest (who they're touring with now, no tattoos though), and Pinact. They plan to release their debut album, Pilot, on April 14 via Dog Knights (pre-order), which is also Nai Harvest's label in the UK.
The new single from the album, "Waves and Waves and Waves," should appeal to fans of any of those aforementioned bands (or PAWS or Japandroids). It's driving, covered in distortion, and rarely has time for anything besides piled-on guitar chords and speedy drumming. That track makes its premiere in this post. Listen, along with another LP cut, "Zero," below.
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Waxahatchees Be Good featured on last nights episode of The Walking Dead
Mar 10, 2014 1:01pm | Cosequence Of Sound
The Walking Dead’s Beth Greene (played by Emily Kinney) has been known to shoot down a zombie just as easily as whip out a random cover in the middle of an apocalypse. [SPOILER] Last season we saw her tackle Tom Waits’ “Hold On” and traditional Scottish folk song “The Parting Glass” while camping out in the dark, dingy prison. Now, having settled into an abandoned funeral parlor with Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus), she tinkers on a piano and sings a few lines from Waxahatchees 2012 song “Be Good”. Though brief and a totally left-field choice by the show’s music supervisor Thomas Golubi, the scene somehow works like a bit of poetic, dark comedy, as the two celebrate their survival in a mortuary of all places. Watch the clip below.
Here’s the original version of Waxahatchee’s “Be Good” for full comparison:
According to Radio.com, Golubi originally wanted Beth (who’d previously tackled Tom Waits in a past episode) to cover a Neutral Milk Hotel song, but obtaining the proper licensing proved to be a “hurdle”.
The Walking Deads season four soundtrack is officially out on March 25th and features Sharon Van Etten, Portugal. the Man, and A.C. Newman.
Future Honest Details
Mar 10, 2014 12:52pm | StereoGum
We’ve been feverishly anticipating Future’s sophomore album Honest for well over a year now, since those glorious late 2012 days when it was going to be called Future Hendrix. Now, after its initial November release date was pushed back indefinitely, the album finally has an official release date and tracklist.
15 Rising Bands To See At SXSW
Mar 10, 2014 12:50pm | CMJ
With a cold Lone Star in hand, we trudge forward toward a sleepless week of the all-music-all-the-time schmoozefest that is SXSW. While navigating Sixth Street is enough of a challenge in itself, plus meeting up with friends who have flown in from all over the globe, catching the most interesting new acts remains our modus operandi. Bands of varying levels of noteriety are funneling into Austin by the minute. But we love nothing more than catching an artist that’s catching their moment in a small venue. Sure that keynote with Lady Gaga will be neat, but those who caught her at her 2008 CMJ showcase at the Highline were in for a bigger treat. There are tons of great artists on this year’s giant SXSW bill. Lovers of finding the diamonds in the rough as we are, we’ve highlighted 15 up-and-comers (okay, 14 newbies and one old-time favorite) to catch between the free breakfast burritos and booze.
It’s going to be a sweat-and-sun week, so get your dose of
reverby jangle pop, Ray-Bans and cutoff-style, along with that
Lorde may have all the press, but New Zealand has long been
pumping out glorious rock of the indie variety. The dreamy vocal
coos and splashing wall of sound of kiwi outfit, Broods, is a
must-hear charmer of the week.
Norwegian producer Magnus August Høiberg dropped his debut EP, Wedding Bell...
Wonky pop newcomer Tirzah returns with No Romance EP for Greco-Roman stream the title track
Mar 10, 2014 12:46pm | Fact Magazine
The scruffy pop newcomer follows up last year’s ace ‘I’m Not Dancing’.
London-based singer Tirzah was introduced in 2012 by way of her pal and producer Mica Levi, aka Micachu, who dropped the wonky pop number ‘I’m Not Dancing’ during her Boiler Room DJ set.
An EP of the same name followed on Greco-Roman in 2013 and laid the groundwork for the singer’s appealingly unpolished style, built on bare, soulful vocals and shuffling DIY beats (courtesy of Micachu’s ear for an unlikely sample).
Tirzah returns to Greco-Roman on April 21 with a five-track EP titled No Romance, which she and Micachu describe as their “emo” record.
Dummy have got the premiere of the title track hear it here and see the artwork and tracklist below.
01 No Romance
Watch: LIFE Money
Mar 10, 2014 12:45pm | The Line Of Best Fit
LIFE are well on their way to making a name for themselves as one of the country’s most exciting new acts. Cue their latest single, “Money”, a stellar song that’s certain to leave you satisfied.
Channeling The Strokes through a Skaters-esque veneer, LIFE place themselves within a category of bands that have become known as ‘skate punk’. Short-but-sweet explosive songs, catchy choruses, and sprawling guitar riffs are all to be expected.
What makes LIFE stand out from their contemporaries is their youthful vigour. There’s an energy and an enjoyment here that seems too honest to be forced, and proves all to easy to fall for.
“Money” boasts a dynamic bassline and a driving drumbeat you can hardly resist dancing to. Mez Sanders-Green’s vocals switch between a smooth croon and a boisterous quirk, sweet-talking you along bounding rhythms and resounding riffs into a state of contented appreciation. No complaints here.
“Money/Crawling” will be released as a double a-side via Birthday Records on 17 March.
They play the following dates:
11 March The Sesh (Free), HULL
Listen: Jay Electronica pays homage to The Notorious B.I.G. with In The System
Mar 10, 2014 12:33pm | Cosequence Of Sound
We haven’t heard much from Jay Electronica since he lent a verse to Big Sean’s “Control”, but today the reclusive emcee returns to pay homage to The Notorious B.I.G. (Yesterday marked the 17th anniversary of the rapper’s death.)
Electronica’s teamed with producer J. Period for “In the System”, a remix of Biggie’s Life After Death standout “Niggas Bleed”. Here, Period flips the track on its head, infusing the classical piano loop and thudding bass with random lyrical tidbits from Jay Z’s “What More Can I Say” and “I Just Wanna Love U”. The nostalgia-laden beat is the perfect accompaniment for Electronica, whose verse mixes references to classic Biggie lyrics with Biggie-esque wordplay about life on the streets. Listen in below (via HipHopDX).
“In The System” is part of a larger Biggie tribute from Period entitled #MARCH9REVISITED Remix Project, featuring a “non-stop collection of remixes over new and classic instrumentals” from Hov, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Busta Rhymes, and more. Stream and/or download it here.
U2 deny pushing next album back to 2015
Mar 10, 2014 12:31pm | NME
Album will be released in 2014, according to spokesperson
Future unveils Honest cover, tracklist and release date
Mar 10, 2014 12:30pm | Fact Magazine
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The Atlanta rapper readies the follow-up to Pluto.
On Friday, Future took to Instagram to share the cover to Honest one ninth at a time. While it looks like drip-feed press campaigns are here to stay, at least we have more information on the Autotune addict’s latest album, which is now due out on April 22.
Honest is executive produced by Future’s go-to-beatsmith Mike Will Made and is said to feature Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj and more. Future’s crew-heavy single ‘Move That Dope’ just received a video and an 80s-styled video game.
Update: The tracklist has been revealed as well. As rumored, Drake and Kanye made the cut (Nicki didn’t), with Andre 3000, Young Scooter and Wiz Khalifa also featured. [via P4K]
01 Look Ahead
Song : Jarbird : Such is the House
Mar 10, 2014 12:28pm | My Old Kentucky Blog
Jarbird is a brand new five-piece that just came on our radar calling London home. Their debut song is titled “Such is the House” that has an official release as a single slated for next month. On the song, vocalists Ric Hollinberry and Lana Verney croon out the lyrics in soulful falsettos over intricate musicianship that holds a lot of similarities to Dirty Projectors. We have math rock, maybe this could be called math R&B? No matter how you wish to describe it, it has us wanting more. Listen below.
Watch: The So So Glos Blowout Video
Mar 10, 2014 12:16pm | CMJ
The post Watch: The So So Glos – “Blowout” Video appeared first on CMJ.
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