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DIANA deal with love in the 1950s for Strange Attraction music video
Apr 23, 2014 3:40pm | Chart Attack

On Saturday DIANA tore the roof off of Sonic Boom for our Record Store Day showcase and replaced it with a greenhouse's, thanks to a set of zinc-heavy synth-pop (stay tuned for video). The staff didn't seem to mind. But "Strange Attraction" probes the darkness beneath the shine. Frontwoman Carmen Elle plays three women - or three phases of one woman - navigating the pain and pleasure of a relationship from within a single small apartment. Aside from the temporally displaced band performances (with creepy future ski masks), the video's set in the middle of the 20th century. So it's full of Nancy Sinatra hairstyles that look detachable and capable of crushing a small animal. If you're feeling George Fok's clip, check out the more formally realized Jailhouse Rock tribute of US Girls' "28 Days."

DIANA's new video Perpetual Surrender is out now via Paper Bag Records.

DIANA deal with love in the 1950s for “Strange Attraction” music video by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Listen: PANES Bones Without You
Apr 23, 2014 3:35pm | CMJ

The relatively green London duo PANES is prepping a debut self-titled EP for Smalltown Supersound imprint Brown Rice. Vocalist Tyson McVey (whose mother happens to be Neneh Cherry) and producer Shaun Savage teamed up to create this dreamy synth-pop project, which sonically aligns with Phantogram and Weeknight, but with slightly more chill swag. Theyve shared their first single, Bones Without You, a velvety electronic take on R&B, with glittery bells chiming along in the background. Listen to the smooth track below.

The post Listen: PANES – “Bones Without You” appeared first on CMJ.

Prince William and Kate Middleton learn to DJ - watch
Apr 23, 2014 3:35pm | NME
The royal couple attempted to scratch during their Australian trip

Q&A: Courtney Barnett On Her Much-Delayed Debut Album And Possibly Quitting Her Day Job
Apr 23, 2014 3:30pm | StereoGum

Considering the amount of love and affection that’s been showered on Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett for the past few months, it seems kind of insane that her excellent debut, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, is only now getting a proper physical release here in the States. The record (if you haven’t managed to hear it already) is a 12-song exercise in masterly exposition — a bunch of story-songs that run the gamut from detailing a panic attack while gardening to masturbatory confessionals, all tossed off with the kind of casual aplomb that would be annoying if the songs themselves weren’t so insanely catchy. I called up Barnett at home in Melbourne just as she was about pack her bags and fly out to California with her band to play Coachella. We talked about her new/old record, and what she plans on doing next.


Who Is Boots? Identity of Beyoncé collaborator revealed
Apr 23, 2014 3:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

When Beyoncé released her surprise self-titled visual album last December, it came with another mystery: a producer listed only as “Boots”. Boots is credited as a producer on 85% of the platinum certified album, but questions remained about the individual behind the alias. Today the Internet got the answers they craved as New Yorker Jordan “Jordy” Asher revealed himself as the man behind the name, while also dropping “Dreams”, a duet with Bey herself. In an interview with Vogue, Asher divulged what it was like to work in anonymity and the support he’s gotten from Roc Nation.

“I never set out to be some ‘mystery dude,’” Asher said in the interview. That was just a side effect from my sidestepping the normal conventional thing most people do. Most people would have just ridden that wave and then probably just ridden it right down a well. Its not hard to get caught up in the hype.

Asher went on to praise Roc Nation for encouraging him to continue to put out his own tracks after the Beyoncé album dropped, telling him “because if you dont keep releasing things it means youre afraid that you cant write something better.” When pressed further on why he avoided fame after Beyoncé‘s release, he said it’s “not the point of what I’m doing...

Win An Official Blur Britannia Tea Set
Apr 23, 2014 3:15pm | StereoGum

Since we’re already running a big Oasis sweepstakes for Britpop Week we just had to have one for the other titan and rival of the genre. Plus, it wouldn’t be a proper Britpop Week if we didn’t include tea somehow. The official Blur Britannia Tea Set we’re giving away retails for $107 and includes a collectors box, tea pot, two tea cups, and two saucers. Just like Damon Albarn has at home, probably. Instructions for entering this giveaway are below, underneath some step-by-step Wikipedia instructions on how serve tea in the British style.


Reasons Dave Grohl is Awesome: As Told In Photos
Apr 23, 2014 3:08pm | Cosequence Of Sound

It goes without saying, but Dave Grohl is pretty well-liked around these parts. Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light ranked among our favorites albums of 2011, and we’ve been chomping on every bit of detail regarding its follow-up. But Dave’s awesomeness extends beyond his vast musical accomplishments. Case in point, via LOLsnaps, check out a series of photographs depicting Grohl’s many desirable traits.

Kvelertak playing Saint Vitus during Mastodon/Gojira tour
Apr 23, 2014 3:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

Kvelertak at the Studio at Webster Hall, May 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)

Kvelertak, the rambunctious beer and party metal worshippers out of Norway, are going on a previously discussed tour opening for Mastodon and Gojira that hits NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 on May 15 (sold out), but if you'd like to see Kvelertak somewhere way more intimate than that, you're in luck. The day before, they'll headline their own NYC show at Saint Vitus (5/14). Prepare for a rowdy time that will surely include lots of stage diving and sweat and mucho beer spillage that you probably won't get at the T5 show.

Tickets for the Vitus show go on sale Thursday (4/24) at noon. Support TBA. Updated Kvelertak dates are listed, with a live video, below...

Continue reading "Kvelertak playing Saint Vitus during Mastodon/Gojira tour" at brooklynvegan

Listen: Joey Bada$$ Mr. Wonderful
Apr 23, 2014 3:00pm | CMJ

Joey Bada$$ – Photo via Facebook

So apparently, Brooklyn boom-bap enthusiast Joey Bada$$ is a huge fan of MMA fighting. His new song, Mr. Wonderful, is a track completely devoted to UFC light heavyweight fighter Phil Davis. The buffed-up ode will be used as Daviss entrance music before his fight against Anthony Johnson this Saturday. The beat comes courtesy of Kirk Knight, and it’s muted and strange, like an old car starting up or alien morse code. Though the track is only two minutes long, there’s a takeaway here: Phil Davis is a tough mofo and he will absolutely “enter the ring guns blazin,” thanks to JB. Listen to Mr. Wonderful below.

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American Men/Laeto drummer Robbie Cooper has passed away
Apr 23, 2014 2:53pm | Fact Magazine

Robbie Cooper, ex-drummer for LuckyMe’s American Men and more recently Scottish post-rockers Laeto, died today.

Cooper, 35, had been struggling with an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer for some time, yet had managed to keep surprisingly upbeat about the situation, even finding the time to keep a darkly comic blog about his struggle.

LuckyMe boss Dominic Sum Flannigan added some touching remarks via Twitter, calling Cooper “effortlessly smart, kind, gentle and talented,” and said that they would be arranging something from the label towards his foundation this week. A fund was set up last year to help Cooper’s wife Miriam pay for the mounting costs, and can still be viewed and added to.

Coldplay unveil new song 'Oceans', announce television special
Apr 23, 2014 2:47pm | NME
The band's new album 'Ghost Stories' will also be released next month

Constantines detail Shine a Light reissue, reunion tour dates
Apr 23, 2014 2:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Back in February, Ontario indie rockers Constantines announced plans to end their four-year hibernation, reuniting in order to reissue 2003′s sophomore LP Shine a Light and support it with an accompanying tour. Today, the band’s announced details for both ventures.

Due out June 10th via Sub Pop, the vinyl-only reissue marks the first time the 12-track album’s been in print since early 2006. It features an altered album cover and a bonus 7-inch containing three previously released tracks: a cover of Talking Heads’ “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel”; “Hotline Operator (2003)”, from the Nighttime CD-single; and a cover of Royal City’s “Raw Youth” recorded during a CBC Radio 3 in-studio session. An extremely-limited “Loser Edition”, pressed on orange vinyl, will be available at select independent record stores. Check out the modified album art below (here’s the original for reference):

Shine a Light Tracklist:
01. National Hum
02. Shine a Light
03. Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright)
04. Insectivora
05. Young Lions
06. Goodbye Baby & Amen
07. On to You
08. Poison
09. Scoundrel Babes
10. Tiger & Crane
11. Tank Commander (Hung Up in a Warehouse Town)
12. Sub-Domestic

Bonus 7-Inch Tracklist:
A1) Thank You for Sending Me an Angel ...

Watch Little Dragon Play The Queen Latifah Show
Apr 23, 2014 2:42pm | StereoGum

Swedish pop group Little Dragon is getting ready to release their new album, Nabuma Rubberband, next month, and we’ve already heard some promising singles like “Let Go” and “Klapp Klapp.” Yesterday they stopped by The Queen Latifah Show to perform the song “Paris.” Watch it below.


Rush Midnight Closer (Tokyo Police Club Remix)
Apr 23, 2014 2:40pm | StereoGum

On Tokyo Police Club’s new remix of Rush Midnight’s synthpop anthem “Closer,” the Canadian indie-pop band tones down the original track’s tight bass line — Rush Midnight is the solo project of bassist Russ Manning from Twin Shadow, after all — but the remixed version is still punchy and dynamic in its disco groove. Check it out.


Watch Live Forever: The Rise And Fall Of Brit Pop
Apr 23, 2014 2:34pm | StereoGum

We’re celebrating Britpop Week here at Stereogum, and while there’s lots of essential listening that comes with such a pursuit, there’s not much in the way of essential viewing. There is, however, Live Forever: The Rise And Fall Of Brit Pop, the 2003 BBC documentary directed by John Dower. The film looks back at British culture in the early ’90s, the ways in which Britpop sprung from that culture, and the ways in which Britpop changed that culture (largely peaking with the 2007 election of Tony Blair). Britpop would probably benefit from a 16-part Ken Burns-style documentary, but Dower manages to capture a great deal of history in 80-odd minutes, owing to interviews with Sleeper’s Louise Wener, Massive Attack’s 3D, Oasis tribute band Wonderwall (not, sadly, Noasis), British journalist Toby Young (How To Lose Friends And Alienate People), and artist Damien Hirst (who also created the film’s theatrical poster, pictured above). But Live Forever is an essential document because of its extensive interviews with Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, and Liam and Noel Gallagher, all of whom are in absolutely perfect form: hilarious, thoughtful, insightful, quotable. It’s a pretty addicting piece of film, filled with incredible music. I’ve watched it numerous times, mostly because I start it searching for some quote or another for something I’m writing, and then, I just can’t turn it off. Look, in ...

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