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Hear Taylor Swifts Style Debut In A Target Commercial & See 1989s Tracklist
Oct 22, 2014 1:57pm | StereoGum

If you’ve been hearing a distant rumble, or noticing animals getting agitated, or perhaps seeing weather patterns doing strange things, you are right to be alarmed. We are five days away from Tayor Swift releasing her new album 1989 and dominating popular music for the foreseeable future. Taylor has already unleashed three songs, in their terrible glory, upon us. Grown men tremble at the whisper of their names: “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods,” “Welcome To New York.” The fourth horseman of the apocalypse could arrive in the form of a new Swift song called “Style.” 30 seconds of it appear in a new Target ad. It sounds pretty catchy, I guess? It’s hard to tell from 30 seconds. Behold:

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Ryley Walker touring, playing CMJ this week, covered Amen Dunes (stream & dates)
Oct 22, 2014 1:52pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Ryley Walker at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Psych folk singer Ryley Walker won us over when he came to NYC earlier this year to open for Cloud Nothings. Not only are his guitar skills impeccable, but he's super funny between songs and got the whole crowd loving him. He's back for CMJ this week and has a few shows scheduled:

10/22 Baby's All Right (day show) w/ Girlpool, Caveman, Wampire, Splashh, Celestial Shore, Icewater, White Reaper, J Ferndanez, Ronald Paris, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tonstartssbandht, Sunflower Bean, Ultimate Painting

10/24 Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade (night show) w/ Kevin Morby (full band), Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Geronimo Getty

10/25 Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos w/ Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, The Wytches, Spookyland, Little May

The two day shows are both free and tickets are on sale now for the Rough Trade show.

Ryley put out his newest album, All Kinds of You, earlier this year. Stream that in its entirety along with a just-released cover he did of Amen Dunes (who play their own CMJ show at Trans Pecos on on 10/24), with his full list of tour dates, below...

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Brick Lanes Vibe Bar to close
Oct 22, 2014 1:47pm | Fact Magazine

The trailblazing bar is the latest victim of strict licensing laws.

Sad news: Vibe Bar will close on November 11 after a 20 year run that helped turn Brick Lane from a “no-go zone” to a popular tourist spot. Bar owner Alan Miller claims that compulsory “airport-style security” measures including ID scans, security teams and CCTV networks have driven up costs and turned clubs into “prisons.”

“We were often told in the early days by many in the industry that no one is going to go to Brick Lane. Soho dominated events and Camden and Notting Hill were destinationsbut the east was simply unviable. We shared our dreams and so many others got involved and made their dreams become a part of a much bigger aspiration,” according to a post on the bar’s Facebook page.

“Indeed, we think that there has been an overly narrow minded and petty attitude of licensing and police that have imposed a curfew on anything beyond 1am preventing later night temporary extensions (TENs) for bars, clubs and even restaurants! This ultimately affects all of you, the public.”

The club will celebrate its birthday and its closing on the weekend of November 7 head to Facebook for details. [via London Evening Standard]


NYC bookstore The Strand now selling vinyl
Oct 22, 2014 1:38pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Strand is a NYC institution, selling "18 miles of books" for 87 years. They've just announced that some of that yardage will now be devoted to vinyl:

We cater to bibliophiles, now we need to cater to audiophiles. Stop by Strand's main floor and basement to browse some of our carefully selected LPs. You'll find 140gram,180gram, and colored vinyl, classic rock LPs from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, contemporary artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Modest Mouse, and Fleet Foxes, not to mention all the classic R&B, Blues, and Jazz that you've been craving to hear in high-fidelity. So sit back, put the needle to the groove and crack open your favorite book from the Strand.
You can check out their (what looks to be new) wares at The Strand's website too which also sells music related readables like The Pitchfork Review and Bob Stanley's great Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop.

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Shy Glizzy Awwsome (Remix) (Feat. 2 Chainz & A$AP Rocky)
Oct 22, 2014 1:37pm | StereoGum

Shy Glizzy is a Washington, D.C. rapper who’s built a serious underground following over the past few years and whose Law 2 tape earned Mixtape Of The Week honors last year. Glizzy’s “Awwsome,” a track from his Young Jefe mixtape, is an underground hit that’s been bubbling for a while, and now a couple of stars have jumped on it. The new “Awwsome” remix has 2 Chainz and A$AP Rocky blending in beautifully with the sinister glint of the beat and saying nice things about Glizzy’s hometown. Listen below.

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Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb people listen to Beyoncé, according to study
Oct 22, 2014 1:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

How does a person’s intelligence relate to the type of music they listen to? For the last several years, a software application writer by the name of Virgil Griffith has charted musical tastes based on the average SAT scores of various college institutions. For example, students attending the California Institute of Technology have an average SAT score of 1520. By looking at Facebook to determine the most popular (or — “liked”) band of students at Cal Tech, Griffith was able to conclude that Radiohead really truly is music for smart people. A highly scientific study, I know.

As Digital Inspiration points out, Griffith’s latest chart reveals Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Shins, and — uh — Counting Crows as other favorite bands of smart people. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, The Used, and gospel music comes in at the lower end of the spectrum — or, as Griffith puts it, is music for dumb people.

Among other interesting revelations from the Griffith’s chart: Smart people prefer John Mayer over Pink Floyd; rock titans like Tool, System of a Down, and Pearl Jam fall right in the middle — so, music for average people?; and people still listen to Switchfoot.

See the full result of Griffith’s findings below.



Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb people listen to Beyoncé, according to new study
Oct 22, 2014 1:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

How does a person’s intelligence relate to the type of music they listen to? For the last several years, a software application writer by the name of Virgil Griffith has charted musical tastes based on the average SAT scores of various college institutions. For example, students attending the California Institute of Technology have an average SAT score of 1520. By looking at Facebook to determine the most popular (or — “liked”) band of students at Cal Tech, Griffith was able to conclude that Radiohead really truly is music for smart people. A highly scientific study, I know.

As Digital Inspiration points out, Griffith’s latest chart reveals Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Shins, and — uh — Counting Crows as other favorite bands of smart people. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, The Used, and gospel music comes in at the lower end of the spectrum — or, as Griffith puts it, is music for dumb people.

Among other interesting revelations from the Griffith’s chart: smart people prefer John Mayer over Pink Floyd; rock titans like Tool, System of a Down, and Pearl Jam fall right in the middle — so, music for average people?; and people still listen to Switchfoot.

See the full result of Griffith’s findings below:



Haerts No One Needs To Know & Be The One
Oct 22, 2014 1:10pm | StereoGum

Alt-pop group HAERTS are set to release their self-titled debut album next week. The LP follows their well-received Hemipligia EP. In anticipation of the full-length, the band has made two new songs available: the kicky, retro “No One Needs To Know” and the more guitar-focused “Be The One.” The latter track conveys a deeper emotional depth via Nini Fabi’s soaring vocals, which float atop the synths and drums to establish a lush complexity. Listen to “No One Needs To Know” below, and go here to check out “Be The One.”

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Baby in Vain are here, playing CMJ ++ West Coast dates w/ The Kills; drummer Bene releasing solo singles (stream)
Oct 22, 2014 1:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Baby in Vain chilling in NYC (Bene in the middle)

Danish garage rock trio Baby in Vain, who had to cancel NYC shows earlier this year, are in NYC this week for CMJ and they're playing tonight (10/22) at Fat Baby and they're on at 10 PM. After CMJ, Baby in Vain will be doing West Coast dates with The Kills (who play NYC tonight and Thursday [10/23]). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, their drummer, Bene, has a solo career of her own, making folky indie rock that's not too far off from another Danish band, Figurines (if you remember them). Her music's very catchy, a little quirky and we've got the premiere of her new single "Broken." You can stream it below. It's Bene's second single this month, and you can stream "The Mood" below as well...

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Low Pros 100 Bottles (Feat. Travi$ Scott) Video (NSFW-ish)
Oct 22, 2014 12:33pm | StereoGum

Earlier this year, A-Trak and Virginia rap producer Lex Luger teamed up to form Low Pros, a duo whose music fuses both definitions of the term “trap music.” On “100 Bottles,” they teamed up with Travi$ Scott, a young Houston rapper and producer who’s all unstable energy and thus perfect for a sound like theirs. In the track’s new video, Scott (or a broken-down robot version of him, anyway) wanders a glitched-out CGI vision of a futuristic Japanese metropolis. It’s all very Lawnmower Man. There’s a quick glimpse of some decidedly inorganic boobs, so proceed with caution. Nate Brown and Gustavo Torres direct. Watch it below.

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Spoon announce new US tour dates
Oct 22, 2014 12:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Philip Cosores

Spoon has announced new tour dates in support of its solid eighth studio album, They Want My Soul . Following a brief European stint in November, the Austin-based rockers will return to the States for a string of shows in December.

(Read: Spoon’s Top 10 Songs)

Additionally, the band has booked an appeareance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday, October 30th at 11 EST. Check their full schedule below and revisit their video for “Inside Out”.

Spoon 2014-2015 Tour Dates:
10/30 – New York City, NY @ The Daily Show
11/01 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/02 Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefarlich
11/03 Basel, CH @ Kaserne Reithalle
11/04 Cologne, DE @ Luxor
11/05 Ghent, BE @ Vooruit
11/06 Paris, FR @ Trabendo
11/07 London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
12/07 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
12/08 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
12/09 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
12/10 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
12/12 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
12/15 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
12/16 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
12/17 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
12/30 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/31 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
02/10 Brisbane, AU @ Hi-Fi
02/11 Melbourne, AU @ The Forum
02/14 Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre



Chinas Favorite Musician Kenny G Angers Chinese Government With Protest Tweet
Oct 22, 2014 12:24pm | StereoGum

A few months ago the world learned that the entire nation of China plays Kenny G’s “Going Home” at the end of the day, every day. It’s a national pastime of sorts. But now Mr. G (born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick) has gone and jeopardized his position of honor. As ABC News points out, during a tour of China, Gorelick stopped by a pro-democracy Occupy Hong Kong protest to show his support. He even tweeted a photo from the protest site voicing his support:

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Arcade Fires Will Butler contributed music to Bronx Obama, a film about an Obama impersonator
Oct 22, 2014 12:21pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Arcade Fires Will Butler recently earned his first Academy Award nomination for scoring the 2013 Spike Jonze film, Her. Now, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist and composer has lent his musical talents to another movie project entitled, Bronx Obama. Directed by Ryan Murdock, it’s a 90-minute documentary that follows Louis Ortiz, a Bronx native who’s made a career out of impersonating President Barack Obama.

Bronx Obama is available for purchase right now via digital retailers like iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube Movies. It’s also set to air on Showtime on October 30th.

Below is a description of the film, followed by its official trailer.

When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didnt see himself a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope of money. Bronx Obama tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the ‘look of a lifetime’ and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion.



saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft ("Baker Street"), RIP
Oct 22, 2014 12:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Raphael Ravenscroft, the man behind the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," died earlier this week, of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Arguably the most famous saxophone riff in pop (you know it even if you think you don't), "Baker Street" was a #2 hit in 1978 and Ravenscroft was reportedly only paid £27 for it (and the check bounced). Ravenscroft has also played on records by Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, America, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Robert Plant, and others.

Rest in peace, Raphael. You "Baker Street" solo lives on. Stream it below...

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Stream an astonishing split EP from vocal manipulator Katie Gately and 1080p affiliate Tlaotlon
Oct 22, 2014 12:15pm | Fact Magazine

Proper electronic weirdness on a shared disc from Fat Cat.

We’ve been stuck on the strange world of Katie Gately since discovering her extraordinary voice-manipulating tape Pipes (and self-titled EP) last year, while Tlaotlon’s Ektomists cassette is one of the finest 2014 releases from Vancouver’s always-reliable 1080p label. Naturally, news of a split release between the LA-based sound designer and the New Zealand-via-Melbourne bedroom producer had us letting out a DIY cheer, and FACT has the whole stream of the EP ahead of its release on Fat Cat Records next week.

Gately’s contribution is the 14-minute ‘Pivot’, a beguiling concoction of her warped cherubic vocals and outlandishly gothic percussion, while Tlaotlon offers four tracks of maximalist, intricately detailed electronica created with an Android tablet and a bunch of effects pedals, as he explained to FACT.

“At the time I had my Android tablet almost permanently patched into a mixer that had six auxiliary sends, so I would set up a bunch of FX loops with six or seven pedals and mess around, recording the jams into Reaper,” says producer Jeremy Coughbrough. “Then I’d chop everything up and try to assemble something out of it.” In comparison, Ektomists was produced in the box, with no hardware ...

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