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Watch Dej Loaf Play Try Me With The Roots On The Tonight Show
Nov 25, 2014 9:06am | StereoGum

Detroit rapper Dej Loaf’s “Try Me,” a prettily sleepy half-sung cloud-rap song about being ready to kill someone, has been a slow-burning hit for months. Last night, it actualized its potential. Dej Loaf was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, and the Roots backed her up on “Try Me.” She wore what appeared to be a bathrobe, and she looked proud as fuck posing next to Fallon when it was all over. It’s a serious blast to watch her in the early stages of what could be world-takeover mode, and you can watch the performance below.


Artist To Watch: Shura
Nov 25, 2014 8:53am | StereoGum

With just three singles this year — the misty-lens ballads “Touch” and “Just Once” and the umtempo dance-pop track “Indecision” — Shura established a compelling, unmistakable artistic imprint. The London native, born to a British father and a Russian mother, had been honing her craft in her city’s pubs and the recesses of YouTube. By way of solo acoustic works and collaborations with London DJ/producer Hiatus, she experimented her way toward a hybrid strain of early ’90s pop, blending R&B, synthpop, and new wave with ghostly overtones of Madonna, Janet Jackson, and “Time After Time” Cyndi Lauper.


Jackmaster shares his epic 2014 Mastermix
Nov 25, 2014 8:53am | Fact Magazine

Jackmaster continues his yearly series of mixes with 2014′s epic installment.

For the last few years, Numbers boss and international DJ superstar (really) Jackmaster has been putting together a selection of his favorite tunes to round up his 12 months in jetsetting and spinning. This year’s been his biggest to date, so it’s hardly surprising that the blend reflects that with a soupy selection of soul, funk, electro, house and obscurities dug from the nether-regions.

It’s an expertly curated collection as usual, and gives us hope that sometimes the good guys do actually win. You can stream and download the entire mix in full below.

Nest made a video for "Hands In A Hole" (watch)
Nov 25, 2014 8:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

Earlier this year, Nashville band Nest put out the Hadal EP on Broken Circles, one of the better releases to come out of the recent trend of Hum aping. Now they've made a video for one of its tracks, "Hands In A Hole," which is premiering in this post. Watch below.

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Peverelist kicks off 12,000 Seconds cassette series on Bass Clefs label
Nov 25, 2014 8:45am | Fact Magazine

Bristol bass head teams up with a Brooklyn experimenter on the first tape.

Cross-genre club producer Bass Clef is launching a cassette offshoot of his Magic + Dreams label with split releases from Peverelist and Ashley Paul plus Bristol’s Vi and Somerset collective Hacker Farm.

Each tape in the 12,000 Seconds series will feature two artists contributing a side of music each, dividing their 12,000 seconds into eight tracks lasting 0:06, 0:23, 1:11, 2:37, 3:03, 3:14, 4:20 and 6:06 seconds. Label boss Bass Clef, born Ralph Cumbers, realised after he’d come up with the concept that he’d got his maths a bit wrong  the track lengths actually add up to 12,060 seconds. “But hey, nobody’s perfect. I left the series title as a reminder of my infallibility,” he notes.

Both cassettes are out on December 5 hear some of the tracks in the player below.

Peverelist recently teamed up with Andy Mac for a house-leaning release on The Trilogy Tapes under the name Zennor, and his Solid Steel mix from a few months back is well worth checking out. If you’ve recently discovered the joy of (tape) decks, FACT’s monthly Caught On Tape column from Digitalis boss Brad Rose is a fine place to start. [via RA]


Learn your footwork history with Traxman in a bonus interview from Im Tryna Tell Ya
Nov 25, 2014 8:45am | Fact Magazine

The footwork veteran lays down the history of juke in this outtake from an ace new documentary.

Earlier this month, filmmakers Tim & Barry (the brains behind web channel Don’t Watch That) premiered their feature-length documentary I’m Tryna Tell Ya.

Filmed during a trip to Chicago in 2012, the doc shines a light on the close-knit crew of DJs and producers who have steered the development of footwork, from scene elders Traxman, DJ Spinn and the late DJ Rashad to younger faces like Manny, Earl and Taye. As well as getting in the studio with the Teklife crew, the film also goes behind the scenes with the dancers who’ve played a crucial role in the scene, dropping in on rehearsal spaces and a dance circle at local venue Battlegrounds.

To mark the online release of I’m Tryna Tell Ya on December 2, we’re sharing this 15-minute interview with a very energetic Traxman, who looks back on the early days of juke, meeting RP Boo in 1997, advice from his mom and lots more. Look out for a brief appearance from Rashad, too.

Watch that above and read our mini Q&A with filmmakers Tim & Barry.

Why did you decide you needed to make a feature-length documentary on footwork? Was that your original plan or was it going to be a shorter film initially?

Rashad and Spinn invited us to Chicago after we met on Just Jam and really click...

RZA Wants You To Go Vegan For A Better Tomorrow
Nov 25, 2014 8:42am | StereoGum

Trust RZA to find a way to promote A Better Tomorrow, the forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan reunion album, while talking about something completely unrelated. In this case, that unrelated thing is the cause of veganism. In a new promotional spot for PETA, RZA talks about his reasons for going vegan and advises anyone watching to do the same. He also works in the new album’s name a bunch of times. It would be churlish to doubt RZA’s sincerity in the video; he’s just a promotional wizard, and this is the way his mind works. Watch RZA’s PETA video below.


Watch: Champions League - Ebiza [Premiere]
Nov 25, 2014 8:40am | The Line Of Best Fit
Killdeath directed the clip, which sees lo-fi home recordings blur with 3D pills and a variety of cinematic magic.>

Trust Fund Cut Me Out (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 25, 2014 8:33am | StereoGum

We first heard Trust Fund on their split with Joanna Gruesome, at which point the Bristol indie-pop scrappers seemed primed for big things. Here’s one of those things: Trust Fund have signed to Turnstile Music (Perfume Genius, Christopher Owens) and will release No One’s Coming For Us in February. Ellis Jones and company’s full-length debut will feature “Cut Me Out,” an immensely catchy guitar-powered singsong that manages to be melancholy and chipper at the same time. There’s a distinct Pixies/Nirvana/Weezer flavor to this tune; when the chorus kicks in, so does the massive distortion. Listen below.


Watch: Acollective - BreakApart
Nov 25, 2014 8:29am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Tel Aviv rockers have unveiled one of the most impressive visual spectacles of the year.>

Interpol performs Everything Is Wrong on Seth Meyers watch
Nov 25, 2014 8:16am | Cosequence Of Sound

Now that they’ve thawed out following their 50-hour-plus ordeal in Buffalo, Interpol are back pounding pavement in support of El Pintor. Last night, the New York rockers made their debut appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. They performed their song “Everything is Wrong”, and it went oh so right. Check out the replay below.

Hopefully this incoming winter storm doesn’t strand the band again as they finish up their North American tour. They’ve got double dates in both New York City and DC before a one-off in Philly. They’ll then play Live 105’s Not So Silent Night in Oakland and KROQ ALmost Acoustic Christmas in LA before heading over to Europe. They’ve also just been announced for Lollapalooza’s 2015 Chile and Argentina festivals. See their full schedule here.

Watch Q-Tip Lead New York Protest Against Ferguson Decision
Nov 25, 2014 8:13am | StereoGum

Stereogum is posting all the music stuff that we’d regularly post today. But it feels pretty ridiculous to talk about relatively trivial things on the wake of something as enormous and disgusting as the Ferguson grand jury’s decision, last night, not to indict the killer police officer Darren Wilson. When musicians respond to that decision in loud and heartfelt ways, it’s our pleasure to point them out. We already posted Killer Mike’s powerful, impassioned speech before last night’s Run The Jewels show in St. Louis. Meanwhile, rap legend Q-Tip marched in a New York protest last night, leading chants as the crowd walked through Times Square. Watch a couple of Instagram videos below.


Quintron on tour, reveals guests for Weather Warlock show: Steve Shelley, Sean Lennon, Nels Cline (who's also touring)
Nov 25, 2014 8:12am | Brooklyn Vegan

Quintron in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Avant rocker Quintron's Spellcaster II: Death In Space, intended as the followup to 1996's The Amazing Spellcaster, is out now on Pizza Burglar Records. You've already heard the rockin' single "Do The Raid" and now you can also stream the dronier "Death In Space" below.

As discussed, Quintron and his wife/collaborator Miss Pussycat are on tour now, hitting NYC this weekend at Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/29). Since we last spoke, openers for that show have been revealed including the TVTOR-related Ice Balloons and Moondudes. Tickets for Baby's are still available.

Quintron has also has his Weather Warlock show happening. Friday (11/28) afternoon at Secret Project Robot at 3 PM. For this show, Weather Warlock -- his "heavy drone band which uses sun, wind, rain and temperature to control a monster analog synth designed by Quintronics" -- will have an all-star cast including guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Sean Lennon, drummer Steve Shelley, baritone saxist Paula Henderson, and alto saxist Luke Stewart. Updated dates and a video of Weather Warlock at Gonerfest, below.

Meanwhile, Nels Cline has other upcoming shows including one in NYC TONIGHT (11/25) at SubCulture. Tonight's show is with avant-jazz guitarist Julian Nage, who Nels released the collaborative album <...

Bette Midler: Ariana Grande Looks Ridiculous, But Thats None Of My Business
Nov 25, 2014 8:02am | StereoGum

Earlier this month, Bette Midler put out a covers album of all girl groups called It’s The Girls!, which includes songs from the Supremes, the Shangri-Las, and the Ronettes. The newest song on the album is TLC’s “Waterfalls,” and she thinks that the last great girl band was Destiny’s Child. In a new profile for The Telegraph, Midler shared her opinion on the amount of sex in pop music today, targeting one person in particular:


Stream Doctor Jeeps latest EP for Trouble & Bass, featuring remixes by Flava D and more
Nov 25, 2014 8:00am | Fact Magazine

The New York-based producer melds US and UK styles on his bass-heavy Angel EP.

As Doctor Jeep, Andre Lira favors an anything-goes approach to dance tracks, fusing UK funky, Jersey club, dubstep and hip-hop into a style he describes as “dark, tribal, and percussion-heavy.”

“Recently someone wrote that one of my tracks sounded like ‘a London rave taking place in a jungle cult at midnight’ which I happily agreed with,” he writes. And while it might not be a London rave, he describes a recent trip to Outlook as “easily the best experience” of his life. “Hearing [dubstep and drum-n-bass] on these massive soundsystems surrounded by 15,000 other people that ‘get it’ was really mindblowing.”

His is certainly a style that is right at home on Trouble & Bass, which he’s linked up with for a series of releases. After releasing the Vortex and Bird of Paradise EPs on the label, Doctor Jeep will drop the Angel EP on December 8.

Stream the EP in full below, featuring remixes by FACT favorite Flava D and Tumble Audio’s Archive.

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