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Boston Calling 2016 day 1 pics (Sia, Sufjan, Lisa Hannigan & Aaron Dessner)
May 31, 2016 8:28am | Brooklyn Vegan

The 2016 Boston Calling festival happened in Boston for the last time (it moves to Allston in 2017) this past weekend...

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Gold Pandas Chiba Nights video is a bewitching travelogue postcard from Japan
May 31, 2016 8:18am | Fact Magazine

From his new album Good Luck And Do Your Best.

If Derwin Panda, as he likes to be known, ever writes an autobiography, he could call it Around The World In 80 Raves. That’s been his creative process for the two albums since 2010 breakout LP Lucky Shiner made him an international concern, travelling from continent to continent to perform. First there was 2013’s Half Of Where You Live, inspired by and taking in sounds from jaunts to Hong Kong and Brazil. Then last week came the similarly smart Good Luck And Do Your Best  a record he originally intended as a field recording-and-photography “sight and sound documentary” of two trips to Japan that soon evolved a fully fledged album. Most people return from their holidays with tacky airport souvenirs. Gold Panda comes back with intense, warm dance curios.

‘Chiba Nights’, one of the standout tracks on the new record, now has a video that fits the song’s concept adroitly. Director Dan Tombs explains: “Spending a week in Tokyo and surrounding areas of Chiba and Minowa with Derwin, searching for unusual records, video games, payphones, workwear and LaserDiscs, I captured the rich visual environment of the country and fun moments spending time with friends and family.”

His images are then sliced into a grid of sixteen squares in reference to the MPC sampl...

iPhone 7 rumoured to drop headphone jack after adaptor images surface online
May 31, 2016 8:16am | Fact Magazine

The device turns the Lightning port into a traditional headphone jack.

Rumours that Apple will drop the headphone jack on the forthcoming iPhone 7 have been given more fuel with the advertisement of a Lightning to headphone adaptor.

The rumour has been circulating since 2014, but was revived in January when it was reported Apple was dropping the headphone jack in favour of wireless earbuds and wired headphones that use the company’s proprietary Lightning connector.

As Apple Insider reports, the adaptor has been advertised by Chinese accessory maker Tama Electric, and takes the form of a dongle that plugs into the phone’s Lightning port and allows the use of traditional headphone connectors.

There are three models in the range, each of which have volume controls. Two models have an additional Lightning socket to allow the phone to be charged while listening to music.

Tama Electric hasn’t advertised any prices for the adaptor, and it doesn’t appear to be on sale yet, leading Apple Insider to speculate that the images could just be concept renders.

Apple’s iPhone 7 is expected to be released in September.

The post iPhone 7 rumoured to drop headphone jack after adaptor images surface online appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

Pinegrove New Friends Video
May 31, 2016 8:10am | StereoGum
Pinegrove - New Friends videoA few months ago, the twanged-out New Jersey emo warriors Pinegrove gave us Cardinal, one of the more impressive rock albums we've heard this year. And this morning, they've dropped their video for "New Friends," a sort of low-budget good-vibes fest that might help you ease into the work week after a long holiday … More »

Kraftwerk lose two-decade legal fight over two-second hip-hop sample
May 31, 2016 8:06am | Fact Magazine

The two-decade dispute turns against the robots.

Germany’s high court has ruled in favour of a hip-hop artist who used a two-second sample of a Kraftwerk song.

Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hutter sued Moses Pelham over his use of a short drum pattern from ‘Metall auf Metall’, from 1977’s Trans-Europe Express, which the producer used as a loop in the 1997 song ‘Nur Mir’ by Sabrina Setlur.

In a ruling that could have major implications for future copyright cases in the country, the German Constitutional Court decided that the impact on Kraftwerk did not outweigh the sampler’s “artistic freedom”, the BBC reports.

Germany currently has some of the toughest copyright laws in Europe. In 2012 Germany’s Federal Court of Justice had sided with Hutter and ruled that Setlur’s song should no longer be promoted, agreeing that it amounted to copyright infringement.

The constitutional court has now sent the case back to the federal court to be reassessed, stating that blocking Pelham’s sample would “practically exclude the creation of pieces of music in a particular style”.

Before today’s ruling the German Federal Union of the Music Industry warned that an attitude of “artistic freedom trumps everything” could have far-reaching consequences. The union’s director Florian ...

Watch Stormzy play WickedSkengMan Part 4 on the FACT stage at Great Escape 2016
May 31, 2016 7:31am | Fact Magazine

One week on, we’re still reeling from the take-no-prisoners grime might of Stormzy’s set at our Great Escape party in Brighton (May 21).

For those who couldn’t make it, and for those who were there and simply want to relive the mayhem, we’re pleased to bring you video highlights from his set. You’ve already seen his performance of ‘Not That Deep’ now feast your eyes and ears on this whirlwind run-through of freestyle classic WickedSkengMan Part 4.

Watch out for more highlights over the coming weeks.

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Glastonbury to launch new festival in 2018 or 2019, confirms Emily Eavis
May 31, 2016 7:13am | Fact Magazine

Worthy Farm offshoot confirmed.

Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis has confirmed plans to host a new event in 2019 or 2018, but probably 2019, in a new location.

We are going to do a show somewhere else with the same team behind Glastonbury but it hasnt got a name yet and were still not entirely sure what shape its going to take, she told the Guardian. For now were all [focused] on Worthy Farm. Were not thinking too far down that road because were quite busy with this one at the moment!

The festival has also revealed the full lineups for its main stages, which have thrown up some weird pairings typical of Glastonbury’s eclectic attitude. Skepta plays the Pyramid Stage in the slot before Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club, while psych-rock outfit Tame Impala are the support for Adele’s Saturday headline slot.

Snooker champ Steve Davis was recently confirmed for a set on Worthy Farm too, and this year’s festival will also pay tribute to music icons lost in the past year, with footage from David Bowies 2000 performance to be screened across the site and Hot Chip set to play a DJ set in honour of Prince.

Eavis said that the festival had come close to booking Prince on several occasions. Prince was rumoured every year, and we often came close. He confirmed about three times then pulled out in recent years. Unfortunately it never...

Troy Ave charged with attempted murder after shooting at T.I. concert
May 31, 2016 6:17am | Fact Magazine

The rapper will be held without bail over the shooting at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza .

Troy Ave has been formally charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon over his involvement in a shooting outside a T.I. concert last Wednesday.

The Brooklyn rapper, born Roland Collins, was shot in the leg during a gunfight which killed his bodyguard, Banga, and injured two more.

Appearing in court on Monday in a wheelchair, Collins was charged with attempted murder on the strength of a security camera video that showed a man the police identified as him firing a weapon, reports the New York Times.

An eight-second clip of the video released last Thursday shows Collins bursting through the door of a V.I.P. room onto a balcony before firing a shot. The police said a fistfight had broken out in one of the V.I.P. rooms a few minutes earlier. A video from inside the room posted by TMZ shows a group of men trying to break up a fight followed by three shots.

It is alleged that Collins went on the rampage because of a feud with Maino, who was opening the show. Maino’s girlfriend, model Maggie Carrie Heckstall, was one of the other two injured in the shooting. HipHopDX reports that Heckstall now plans to sue those involved in the shooting, and has also named the New York Police Department in her filing, saying s...

Singles Club: Gucci Manes first day out, Drake the swag-vampire and goths on the beach
May 31, 2016 5:42am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

This week, Gucci Mane gets out of jail, The Strokes split opinion, Drake slides into your girl’s DMs and Jenny Hval inspects her period blood. What a time to be alive.


The Strokes – ‘Oblivius’

Chris Kelly: I didn’t care about these denim-clad rich-kids-slumming the first time around, and I definitely don’t care this time, either. Garage rock should close the door and keep the car running. The lead guitar in the bridge shakes this awake, but after all these years, is this it? [Ed: Oh, you went there.] (3)

Zoe Camp: Were it not for Albert Hammond Jr.’s heavy lifting, ‘Oblivius’ would strike me as a Comedown Machine outtake left on the cutting room floor. Dude make...

Andrew W.K.s NYC venue Santos Party House closes following neo-Nazi punk festival row
May 31, 2016 5:39am | Fact Magazine

The venue closed its doors for good on Monday.

New York venue Santos Party House has closed down the day after hosting the second night of Oi! Fest, a controversial punk festival with alleged links to Neo-Nazism.

The venue, which is co-owned by Andrew W.K., closed on Monday (May 30). According to local NYC news site DNAinfo, club manager Sean Kane said that the closure was because the club had decided not to renew its lease.

It was a 10 year lease. Our lease is up and were not renewing it,” Kane told DNAinfo.

Santos Party House event co-ordinator Jackalyn Tipchaieuh said in an email sent to groups who had booked shows that May 29 was the venue’s last night.

If you have an event after the previously mentioned date, please consider it cancelled, the email said.

The venue has yet to issue an official statement on its closure, but its website is still listing events into June, and recent activity on its Twitter account suggest the decision was made in recent days.

Oi! Fest was moved to Santos Party House after the original venue, Black Bear Bar, cancelled the event after a social media campaign.

“[A promoter] brought us this event, with a short list of bands who would take part in the weekend, including Oxblood as a headliner, who did meet our booking standards,” Black Bear Bar said in ...

Nils Frahm and Woodkid team up with Robert De Niro on refugee crisis mini-album
May 31, 2016 5:13am | Fact Magazine

You talking to me?

Nils Frahm and Woodkid are to release a new mini-album featuring spoken word from actor Robert De Niro, inspired by the current refugee crisis and with proceeds going to the charity Sea Watch.

Ellis, out on Erased Tapes on July 8, is the pair’s soundtrack to a new short film directed by artist JR, starring the Oscar-winner as an immigrant venturing through the crumbling hallways of New York’s abandoned Ellis Island hospital complex.

The opportunity to work on JR´s fantastic short film came through my good friend Yoann aka Woodkid,” says contemporary classical favourite Frahm. “We agreed on recording the piano parts in my studio in Berlin and so it happened that JR and Woodkid were guests at Durton studio on a wonderful late summers day in 2015. We managed to record all the crucial elements that day. The music fell into our laps and melted with the images: a wonderful experience. The film has stuck in my head ever since; it moved my heart and changed my soul.

“A couple of weeks later I had to cancel a trip to Brussels because of a terror warning; all events got cancelled and I stayed home, having an unexpected day off. I felt rather depressed that day, thinking that the Europe I knew was already gone. I sat down at the harmonium, listened to Robert De Niros voice and played for the rest of the day. The result is Winter Morning I...

This website simulates getting in (or not getting in) to Berghain using face recognition technology
May 31, 2016 4:48am | Fact Magazine

Get rejected by the club’s notoriously difficult-to-impress bouncers from the comfort of your own home.

A new website simulates the experience of trying to get into infamous Berlin nightclub Berghain using face and voice recognition technology.

Berghaintrainer takes a video of your face via your webcam and prompts you to talk into your computers microphone while it analyses your body language. It then takes you through a realistic simulation, which brings you outside the club and face-to-face with notorious doorman Sven Marquardt, who asks: Have you been here before?, Are you drunk? and Do you know whos spinning tonight?.

If you’ve ever attempted to woo Berghains bouncers into letting you step through its hallowed doors only to be ushered away, head to the site now via Google Chrome to practice for your next attempt.

The site is the latest bit of savvy Berghain-related tech to have emerged in recent years, following last years app designed to tell you whether or not there’s currently a queue at the club, and a Flappy Bird-based video game that challenges you to navigate your way past Marquardt in a flurry of click-hops.

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Diplo announces new Major Lazer song Cold Water featuring Justin Bieber and MØ
May 31, 2016 3:47am | Fact Magazine

‘Cold Water’ is the first single taken from Major Lazer’s fourth studio album Music Is the Weapon.

After teasing the announcement on Twitter earlier this month, last night (May 30) Diplo confirmed the release of a new Major Lazer song featuring Justin Bieber, with the addition of Danish singer/songwriter MØ.

The Major Lazer co-founder hasn’t shared a release date for ‘Cold Water’ as yet – which is taken from the trio’s forthcoming album Music Is the Weapon, due out later this year – but said it will premiere on Beats 1 in a couple of weeks.

Diplo and Skrillex, who together make up the duo Jack Ü, released our favourite track of 2015 in Where Are Ü Now?, while Major Lazer and DJ Snake released the song ‘Lean On,’ featuring MØ.

Back in March, Major Lazer became one of the first US acts to play in Cuba – watch them in action.

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Snoop Dogg slams Roots and 12 Years A Slave: Theyre just going to keep beating that shit into our heads
May 31, 2016 3:15am | Fact Magazine

“I’m sick of this shit.”

Snoop Dogg criticised the new Roots TV series ahead of its US premiere last night (May 30), accusing Hollywood of an obsession with depicting black people getting dogged out, beaten and abused at the hands of slave masters.

Speaking via Instagram, the rapper questioned whether the new rebooted Roots, adapted from Alex Haley’s Pulitzer winning novel about the plight and rebellion of 18th century slave Kunta Kinte, was the best choice for Memorial Day viewing. Theyre just going to keep beating that shit in our heads about how they did us. But guess what? We taking the same abuse now. Think about that part.

“They just want to keep showing the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago, he said, also attacking recent Oscar-winner 12 Years A Slave, before rallying others to create our own shit based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today. Black is whats real. See the post below.

The new Roots, which follows a 1977 miniseries also based on the book, was originally rumoured to have Kanye West executive producing its soundtrack. Last year, Kendrick Lamar thrust Kunta Kinte’s story back into the hip-hop mainstream with ‘King Kunta’ from his To Pimp A Butterfly album.


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Disney reportedly unhappy with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
May 31, 2016 12:08am | Cosequence Of Sound

The Internet collectively froze when Disney unleashed the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (We even offered five bold reasons why the first spinoff film could be better than The Force Awakens.) Two months later, however, it appears that the studio isn’t too pleased with the initial cut of Gareth Edwards’ highly anticipated film.

On Monday night, Page Six reported that, “The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July. The same source added that “Disney wont take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isnt testing well. The Force is … well, rather murky on this one.

(Podcast: State of the Empire discusses Rogue One, Episode VIII, and the mystery of Snoke)

Although Page Six was right about Alden Ehrenreich landing the role as a young Han Solo, it’s hard to tell if they’re jumping the gun on these rumors, especially given that most of the “crisis” revolves around reshoots, which is not all that uncommon for a blockbuster film of this stature. The publication’s Disney source also insists just as much…

The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional ...

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