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Split Single Monolith Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 20, 2014 9:43am | StereoGum

Split Single is a supergroup of sorts: The band consists of drummer Jon Wurster from Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, Britt Daniel of Spoon, and frontman Jason Narducy from Bob Mould’s band, Superchunk, and the owner of some outrageously sexy elbows. Split Single released their new LP, Fragmented World, in April, and today we get a video for album track “Monolith,” a ferocious rock anthem that asks, “How much can you peel away?” A lot, apparently, because the video is as simple as it gets — Narducy, clad in a red velvet cape and a boyish crown, sticks his head out of a car window screaming the lyrics to the track, but the camera is rotated at a 90-degree angle the whole time, creating a skewed sensation for the viewer. Watch.


Channel 4s Music Nation returns for second series on Glasgow, grime, bassline and more
Oct 20, 2014 9:33am | Fact Magazine

Art school pop and South Asian ravers in the spotlight.

There’s long been a dearth of decent music programming on UK television, but at least Channel 4 has been pulling its weight this year, both with the recently launched Four To The Floor magazine show and this spring’s six-part Music Nation series, which delved into the stories behind some of the country’s unique subcultures, from garage to Bristol bass to jungle.

The good news is that a new series of Music Nation will kick off on November 5, looking back at the impact of London’s grime scene, Northern bassline, the art-school pop of Glasgow and British South Asian ravers from the 1990s, with Dizzee Rascal, Hudson Mohawke and The Jesus and Mary Chain among the artists influenced.

Ravi Amaratunga, executive producer of Dazed Vision, said: “This time we’ve gone bigger, brasher and bolder, tackling more controversies and featuring a more diverse set than ever before. The show is a genuine rarity in television that balances authentic and authored filmmaking in a groundbreaking way.”

First up in the series is Open Mic, directed by Ewen Spencer, the filmmaker behind the UK garage episode from the first series, Brandy & Coke.

Q&A: Normaling
Oct 20, 2014 9:30am | CMJ

Lemz and .rar Kelly can read each other’s minds. The Baltimore duo who go by Normaling told me when I caught up with them recently that they usually find themselves making music while in parallel moods. Call it chance or fate, but this conscious connection results in the kind of kinetic music that plays like a conversation between people who know each other very well.

Normaling recently dropped their Corpus Callosum EP, a six-track collection that ties together strains of Baltimore club, house, hip-hop and Miami bass with some left-brain/right-brain tension. I chatted with the pair about the EP, the future of Baltimore music and Nicholas Cage. We’ve also got the premiere of Normaling’s new mix, Control That Dope, which you can stream below. Catch them this week at CMJ Music Marathon.

When you first start writing a track, what’s your process like? What do you usually start with?
Lemz: Usually, our writing process starts with a Parliament light and a Newport.
.rar Kelly: Thats completely accurate. Whenever Lemz comes over to work on tunes, my dog Murphy immediately runs to the patio door knowing that we will be heading out for a smoke.
Lemz: Dont tell my parents.
.rar Kelly: Hahaha! But seriously, we usually take a moment to discuss what direction we want to take the days session and then go down into Buff...

Watch Jonny Greenwood And The Australian Chamber Orchestra Discuss And Rehearse His New Work Water
Oct 20, 2014 9:27am | StereoGum

Jonny Greenwood has been writing classical music for some time now, and his latest work “Water” is being performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra this fall. Greenwood and orchestra director Richard Tognetti sat down for a fascinating, candid video interview that sheds a lot of light on the project and previews the music. Particularly interesting are Greenwood’s reasons for gravitating toward live orchestral music as opposed to what he does with Radiohead. He finds the act of writing ideas on paper and witnessing other people bring them to life deeply “modern,” which is ironic considering that method predates recording technology by several centuries. Anyhow, the thing is definitely worth watching, so watch below.


POND Elvis Flaming Star Video
Oct 20, 2014 9:21am | StereoGum

Former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook left that band last year to concentrate on fronting his own Aussie psych-rock project, POND. The two bands still share multiple members, though, and you can definitely hear POND as the shaggier, zonked-out cousin to Tame Impala’s technicolor explorations. Today, Allbrook and co. announce a new album, Man It Feels Like Space Again, coming in January. They’ve also shared a lo-fi silly-string-and-water-balloon-fest of a video for glammy, aggressively tuneful lead single “Elvis’ Flaming Star.” It does a good job of capturing both the joy and the weirdness inherent to their music, and you can watch it below.


Hear NYC house duo Frank & Tonys You EP featuring DJ Sprinkles
Oct 20, 2014 9:10am | Fact Magazine

Frank & Tony‘s latest set of 3 EPs took us entirely by surprise.

They’re a well known force in New York house circles, but over here at FACT HQ the duo came out from nowhere with one of our favorite deep offerings in some time. It’s hardly surprising that established legend DJ Sprinkles is involved, and he crops up on the You EP (the first part of the trilogy, followed by Go and Girl) contributing to opener ‘Companion’.

You can hear the whole thing below and our money’s one the sublime ‘Bring the Sun’, which features smokey-voiced Danish Gry on vocals.

You is released on Scissor and Thread today and you can order it here.

Primus Hide Five Golden Tickets (To Free Concerts For Life) In Their New Willy Wonka Tribute LP
Oct 20, 2014 9:10am | StereoGum

’90s funk-rock goofs Primus have long histories with intense whimsy and with top hats, and it should not shock you that their new album Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble is an LP-length Willy Wonka tribute. The album reimagines the soundtrack to 1971′s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and the band is extended that tribute by including five golden tickets in five random copies of the record. If you get one of the tickets, you get free tickets to any Primus show for life (or, you know, until the band breaks up again). And so maybe that’s a valuable enough prize for your father to push his factory workers to overtime opening up vinyl copies of the album; your call. Watch a trailer video below.


HSY prepping debut LP, filmed a live video for new song "Acid Peel," playing CMJ this week
Oct 20, 2014 9:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Toronto sludge punks HSY put out the "Cyber Bully" b/w "Phantasm Blast" single earlier this year, and they've recently finished their debut LP which will come out at some point via Buzz Records. Ahead of that, they've filmed a high quality live video of one of the new songs, "Acid Peel" (dir. Chris Chami), a terrifically dark track with driving Psychocandy-style drums, murky distorted guitars, and vocals that go from a goth baritone to deathly screams. The video premieres in this post and can be watched below.

As discussed, they'll be touring with fellow Toronto band/Buzz labelmates The Beverleys, and that tour hits NYC for the Buzz CMJ showcase on Thursday (10/23) at Shea Stadium with Weaves, Vulture Shit, Mexican Slang and Muuy Biien ($5 at the door).

Speaking of, Weaves recently dropped a new track too. Stream that, with the new HSY video and list of tour dates, below...

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Interpol soundtrack a mans nervous breakdown in video for My Desire watch
Oct 20, 2014 9:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

I recently spent a week in Montreal listening to Interpols new album El Pintor on an endless loop. Enjoying the city and its sights, I let my mind wander to possible music video concepts for each album track. (Oh man, am I the or what?) Luckily, the end result for “My Desire” is much better than the synchronized swimmers I had envisioned.

Directed by Markus Lundqvist, the clip finds the band performing inside some dive bar as a man (played by Captain Americas Frank Grillo) flips through Polaroids between plentiful shots of rum. The song builds slowly and slowly, perfectly mirroring the man’s increasing sense of unease, paranoia, and general intoxication. With a kind of David-Lynch-meets-Christopher Nolan charm/head-trippiness to it, the barrage of questions this clips leaves you with will no doubt eat at you all day.  Enjoy!

Watch it below.

Young Buffalo My Place (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 20, 2014 9:04am | StereoGum

Oxford, Mississippi band Young Buffalo plays a gleaming, glowing brand of rock ’n’ roll that bears traces of Southern swagger while borrowing from both coasts. Both the intertwining guitar action of New York greats from Television to the Strokes and the sunshine sleekness of California acts like Local Natives and Delta Spirit are apparent in the group’s eclectic mix. “My Place,” from the group’s upcoming debut album, builds to massive classic-rock harmonies over top of a space-age roots-rock groove, and the result could pass for an Allman Brothers/Flaming Lips composition if the sound wasn’t translucent in such a distinctly modern way. “It’s our life,” they sing, “so let us live.” Listen below.


Mac DeMarco Jumped Out Of A Cake And The Audience Got Naked At Babys All Rights 1st Birthday
Oct 20, 2014 9:03am | StereoGum

Brooklyn venue Baby’s All RIght celebrated its first birthday last week with a string of stacked shows. I was there on Friday and Saturday night for a fantastic Porches./Frankie Cosmos double header and the energy of the crowd was palpable, and things apparently were even crazier at a Mexican Summer-sponsored party on Thursday that was headlined by Connan Mockasin. According to Brooklyn Vegan, the lights went off before Connan’s set and Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves came on stage to sing “Happy Birthday,” which was followed by a shirtless Mac DeMarco popping out of a giant cake and flinging himself into the audience. (Which isn’t OK — didn’t we just go over this?) The rest of Thursday night’s show consisted of Connan and his band playing a set shirtless and encouraging the audience to do the same. Check out some photos and videos from the birthday show below.


Listen: Jack Garratt - “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway (SON LUX remix)” [Premiere]
Oct 20, 2014 8:56am | The Line Of Best Fit
Experimental electro wizard Son Lux, fresh from working with Lorde, has remixed Jack Garratt's "I Couldn't Want You Anyway".

Interpol My Desire Video
Oct 20, 2014 8:52am | StereoGum

Interpol’s new video for “My Desire” follows their clips for “All The Rage Back Home” and “Twice As Hard” as the third from El Pintor, the band’s new album. Director Markus Lundqvist films the band playing to a handful of sad, desperate drunks in a mostly-empty bar, and it occurs to me that this is probably the ideal place to witness an Interpol show. The guy pounding whiskey and poring over Polarouds of an ex might be a mess, but he’s also approaching the band’s set with the right attitude. Watch it below.


Greek band My Drunken Haze releasing debut LP (stream the first single)
Oct 20, 2014 8:51am | Brooklyn Vegan

Greek band My Drunken Haze are based out of Athens and make '60s style garage rock with dreampop flourishes. They're set to release their self-titled debut (pre-oder) on November 3 and we've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Yellow Balloon." The song's got a jaunty, Kinksy vibe to it and you can listen below...

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Coldplay announce Ghost Stories live album and concert film
Oct 20, 2014 8:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

Coldplay limited their touring behind Ghost Stories to a brief nine-city run. However, on November 24th, they’ll offer fans worldwide a chance to hear the new songs live with the release of a live and album and concert aptly dubbed, Ghost Stories Live.

The nine-track CD and DVD/Blu-ray culls songs and footage from shows in London, New York, Cologne, Sydney, and Los Angeles. The second CD, meanwhile, features a collection of music videos from the record, including unreleased clips for the B-sides “All Your Friends” and “Ghost Story” and the director’s cut of “Magic”.

Similar to the release of the Mylo Xyloto live album, the bundle also includes a movie directed by friend/collaborator Paul Dugdale. The film documents the band’s concert last March at Los Angeles’ Royce Hall, the same show featured in the band’s NBC special. Coldplay: Ghost Stories.

Below, check out a trailer for the album and tour. The full tracklist follows.

Ghost Stories Live 2014 Tracklist:

01. Always In My Head (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London)
02. Magic (Live at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney)
03. Ink (Live at Le Casino de Paris, Paris)
04. True Love (Live at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney)
05. Midnight (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London)
06. Anothers Arms (Live at the Beacon...

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