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Hear Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisburys Ex Machina score in first movie trailer
Oct 30, 2014 8:35am | Fact Magazine

Check out the chilling soundtrack from the Drokk duo.

Portisheads Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury continue their sci-fi streak with the score for Ex-Machina, a low-budget thriller that marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine).

The movie, which stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, is due in early 2015 and the freshly unveiled US trailer contains the first snippets of the creepy, bass-heavy soundtrack  dip in below.

Barrow and Salisbury previously worked together on an unused score for the 2012 movie Dredd (adapted for the big screen by Garland) which was eventually released as the absolutely banging Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One.

FACT caught up with Barrow in 2012 to find out more about his partnership with Salisbury and the call of Hollywood.

Various Artists - Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Oct 30, 2014 8:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Twenty-one acts pay tribute to a true legend in a record that's clearly an intense labour of love.

Watch Jessie Ware Sing The Hell Out Of Say You Love Me On Seth Meyers
Oct 30, 2014 8:29am | StereoGum

Jessie Ware’s slow-burning soul ballad “Say You Love Me” is both my favorite song on her very good sophomore album Tough Love and one of my favorite songs of the year. Last night, Ware was a musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers, and she sang a warm, deeply felt version of the song, with a three-piece band backing her up and the song’s gospel choir appearing only via sequencer. She sounded amazing, and the Late Night studio audience gets the gas face for not automatically cheering the “want to feel burrr-niiiing flaaame” part. The video is sadly not embeddable, but you can watch it at the Late Night website.

Tough Love is out now on Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope.

TWIABP, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse, Wildhoney & Sorority Noise played the Topshelf CMJ showcase at Cameo (pics)
Oct 30, 2014 8:26am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Derrick from TWIABP and his lighter / Empire! Empire!

After our Friday day party during CMJ, I headed down the block to Cameo for the Topshelf Records showcase with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Field Mouse, Wildhoney and Sorority Noise.

I got there while Field Mouse was on, unfortunately missing Connecticut's scrappy Sorority Noise and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Field Mouse's new album is a little shinier than their older material, but they still left room in the set for the harder-edged shoegazey stuff. They sounded good. You can catch them again on tour with The Jazz June this winter.

Empire! Empire!, who are a husband and wife duo on record, had a full band for this show and they sounded great too. Their sound pretty much comes straight from '90s emo, but they do it well. I didn't stay for TWIABP since I had seen them a few hours earlier at our day party, but from what I heard from people who were (and what the setlist says), Derrick was thrown out of the venue for holding up a lighter during one of Empire! Empire!'s songs. He did end up getting back in for TWIABP's set, but after opening with "Picture of a Tree That Doesn't Look Okay," he talked shit about the venue from the stage, then the band made harsh noise for 20 minutes, played "Getting S...

I felt incapable of finding love: Grouper opens up about isolation and her stunning new album Ruins
Oct 30, 2014 8:25am | Fact Magazine

I think Im embarrassed by everything Ive ever put out.” Thats the sign its done. I like to feel some risk or sacrifice of ego is involved.

Reluctantly, via email, Liz Harris is explaining the thinking behind Ruins, her newest album – and possibly her riskiest. Consisting of a collection of warts-and-all songs for piano and voice, Harris admits that she felt a little embarrassed by the album, by how plain the emotional outpouring is. How simple the piano melodies [are]. [I] called it the adult contemporary album for most the past year while I was prepping, and wouldnt play it for friends.

There is something characteristically Grouper about this dynamic: withholding an album from friends whilst preparing it for release to an adoring listenership of thousands. Whether exploring longform, shadowed ambience or a frail kind of bedroom pop, this contradiction powers Harris activities. Her music is intimate in scope, but extremely broad in reach; it refuses to gesture at specifics, but its aching emotionality invites the listener to apply their own. Its a fitting soundtrack for the social networked age, where it can seem more natural to broadcast your private thoughts to a hundreds-strong follower list than to open up to a close friend. Im not a very straight person, Harris says. [The music is] more honest to the way my mind works when it is blurred and gestural; more meaning comes across.

In this regard, ...

Preview Foo Fighters New Song Congregation
Oct 30, 2014 8:16am | StereoGum

This week’s episode of Sonic Highways sees Foo Fighters heading to Nashville, where they will interview artists like Dolly Parton, Zac Brown, and Carrie Underwood. They’ll also unveil the third song from their upcoming album, following “Something From Nothing” and “The Feast And The Famine.” The new song is called “Congregation,” and you can listen to a short 30-second snippet below.


Stream an exclusive new Halloween mix from Death Waltz
Oct 30, 2014 8:12am | Fact Magazine

It’s that time of year again, when pumpkins and flesh are lovingly carved to the sounds of Italian synth maestros.

Well, you won’t have to worry about going back to your tired old playlist as Death Waltz bossman Spencer Hickman has kindly pieced together another absolute corker of a mix for us, blending together past, present and future Death Waltz records with the help of DJ Bobba Fatt.

There’s no tracklist here, but Spencer has promised that anyone who guesses the whole lot will win a prize. Even having pieced together the Top 100 Horror Soundtracks list earlier this week, we have to admit defeat on this one.

Don’t forget to check out last year’s Death Waltz FACT mix here.

She & Him Time After Time (Frank Sinatra Cover) & Tonight Show Performance
Oct 30, 2014 7:53am | StereoGum

The Zooey Deschanel/M.Ward duo She & Him signed to Columbia earlier this year, and last week, we learned the details of Classics, their first album as a major-label act. The album is a set of jazz and pop standards, which the duo recorded live with an orchestra. We’ve heard their take on Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile,” and now they’ve shared their version of “Time After Time,” which is not the Cyndi Lauper song you’re thinking of. Instead, this is the jazz standard that Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne wrote in 1947. Frank Sinatra sang it in the movie It Happened In Brooklyn, and people like Chet Baker, Shirley Bassey, and Alex Chilton have covered it over the years. The She & Him version is jauntier and lighter than most, but it’s not like these two are doing some sort of self-conscious indie version. It’s a straight read of the song, and Deschanel sings her parts really well. And in other She & Him news, the band has been in media-blitz mode for the last 24 hours. They were the musical guests on last night’s Tonight Show, singing their version of “Stay Awhile” with the Roots backing them up. And this morning, they were on The Today Show. The Today video hasn’t surfaced online yet, but you can listen to their “Time After Time” and watch the Tonight Show performance below.



5 Things We Learnt at The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014
Oct 30, 2014 7:52am | Drowned In Sound

Last night, Young Fathers were crowned winners of the Mercury Prize 2014 for their triumphant debut album Dead. DiS' Editor, Sean Adams, and Singles columnist, Rob Leedham, both went to the ceremony.

Here are their five most significant learnings from what happened...

1) The Mercurys mean something again... sort of

Young Fathers were 12/1 on to win the Mercury Prize yesterday, which was well behind the likes of FKA Twigs (2/1), Kate Tempest (11/4) and (5/1) Royal Blood. With recent winners including clear favourites PJ Harvey and Alt-J, as well as the safe choice James Blake, no one expected an upset. Still, the Edinburgh trio got the gong after selling fewer than 5,000 copies of their debut album to date. It's not possible for an awards ceremony to please everyone all the time, but the Mercurys have gone out on a limb to promote an unknown act. Speech D-who? - Rob Leedham

2) Award ceremonies are just TV shows in disguise

For all the moaning about a lack of Top of the Pops, and people banging on endlessly about there being 'absolutely no music on TV apart from Jools Holland and those rubbish pop channels on freeview...' 'because: Simon Cowell...' or 'because: YOUTUBE' there's now an awful lot of televised award ceremonies to broadcast music into unsuspecting homes. Whilst they're not all televised, there are reportedly now 38 music award ceremonies in the UK, and whilst this is good fodder for the Daily Mail an...

Pitchfork Paris begins today, streaming schedule announced
Oct 30, 2014 7:51am | Brooklyn Vegan

Pitchfork Paris begins today (10/30) and as discussed, select sets will be streaming live. The streaming schedule has now been revealed and includes sets from Belle and Sebastian, St. Vincent, Future Islands, Mogwai, Four Tet, Caribou, tUnE-yArDs, Foxygen, Perfect Pussy and more.

Check out the full schedule and stream the fest in the video player below. The streams begin today at 1:30 PM EDT.

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Burials unreleased Lambeth will appear on final Hyperdub compilation
Oct 30, 2014 7:41am | Fact Magazine

Kode9 reveals the final piece in the puzzle.

Burial’s unreleased track ‘Lambeth’ will appear on Hyperdub 10.4, the final compilation from the label as it wraps up a year of 10th anniversary celebrations.

Hyperdub chief Steve Goodman revealed the track on Benji B’s Radio 1 show last night, which was dedicated to the label’s roster with cuts from Cooly G, Fatima Al Qadiri, Fhloston Paradigm, DJ Spinn and many more.

“It’s Burial beats [but] the music on top of it is maybe different to what people are expecting from the last few releases he’s done, which have been more like montages, cut-up of different tracks. This is relatively straightforward,” says Kode. Listen from around 1:43.

Listen to the whole thing below via BBC iPlayer or Core News and check out a radio rip of ‘Lambeth’ below.

Hyperdub 10.4 features a disc of classic label fare coupled with a CD of new and unreleased material from alumni, and it drops on November 3.

She & Him brought Classics to Jimmy Fallon watch
Oct 30, 2014 7:25am | Cosequence Of Sound

She & Him — the duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel — supported their forthcoming cover album, Classics, with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. The indie pop duo performed their version of Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile” with help from The Roots. Check it out below.

Classics will feature 13 carefully-selected, timeless standards reimagined as only Ward and Deschanel can. Songs includeOh No, Not My Baby, Unchained Melody, and Well Meet Again. The follow-up to last year’s Volume 3 is due out December 2nd via Columbia Records, making it the duo’s first major label release.

Listen: 9Bach - Asteri Mou (Gruff Rhys loops & drones remix) [Premiere]
Oct 30, 2014 7:15am | The Line Of Best Fit
Gruff Rhys embarks on his first remix outing with a breathtaking rework of 9Bach's "Asteri Mou" ahead of the band's Tinc EP and winter tour.>

Maverick composer Harry Partchs hobo driftings explored in new biography
Oct 30, 2014 7:13am | Fact Magazine

A new book has been published exploring Harry Partch’s life during the Great Depression.

Harry Partch, Hobo Composer draws on the image of the drifting hobo in American culture to explore the maverick composer and instrument inventor’s fascinating life and work.

“During the Great Depression, Partch rode the railways, following the fruit harvest across the country,” the publishers note. “Although he is renowned for his immense stage works, such as Delusion of the Fury, and his use of highly sophisticated instruments of his own creation, Partch is still regularly called a ‘hobo composer’. Yet few have questioned this label’s impact on his musical output, compositional life, and reception.”

The book outlines the cultural history of the hobo from the 19th century onwards and explores how Partch’s music engaged with, and frustrated, popular conceptions of that character. Partch “became a hobo out of necessity and remained one for its freedoms,” says the book’s author, S. Andrew Granade, who is associate professor of musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “It is the story of a composer who rejected the tenets of music as he found them and sought to return music to its roots.”

The book is out now from University of Rochester Press  a perfect Christmas gift fo...

The Twilight Sad's Local Guide to Kilsyth and Banton
Oct 30, 2014 7:12am | Drowned In Sound

The Twilight Sad's James Graham give us an exclusive photographic tour of where the band grew up...

I'm going to start this photo feature by saying I love where I grew up. It might not be California or the south of France but it is my home and is big part of who I am.

Welcome to Kilsyth/Banton

Andy and Mark grew up in Kilsyth and I grew up a few miles away in small village called Banton.

The Pubs

Every Friday night when we're not on tour you'll find Mark propping up the bar in "The Coachy" or The Coachman Hotel. My favourite pub is The Swan Inn in Banton. We have our band Christmas night out in The Swan on Xmas Eve, we don't have many traditions but that is one of them.

The Bandstand at The Colzium

The Colzium is a country park on the outskirts of Kilysth and Banton. This is the Bandstand where we used to meet each other and drink Mad Dog 20/20 or Buckfast tonic when we were teenagers. The Bay City Rollers once played here to thousands of people. Nobody came to see me when this picture was taken.

The Car Park In The Sky or Doggers Paradise

This is what we call "The Car Park In The Sky". It's in the Kilsyth hills up a road called "Tak Ma Doon Road". On a clear day you can see Glasgow and Edinburgh. It's good to go up here when it's fireworks night. It's also a really good location if you like a bit of Dogging.

Kilsyth Academy

This is where I met Andy. Thi...

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