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All Dogs Georgia
Dec 19, 2014 1:04pm | StereoGum

Columbus-based All Dogs don’t write songs, they write confessions. This isn’t wholly unexpected from a band emerging from Detroit-based Salinas Records, who put out the Radiator Hospital’s tender-hearted Torch Song earlier this year and champion aesthetically similar bands like Swearin’ and Joyride! “Georgia” is the kind that will make you want to keel over if you hear it in the right moment. There’s nothing really complicated about the band’s lyricism, which makes “Georgia” feel like a privilege to listen to, as if Maryn Jones is letting us into a private, fleeting moment of clarity: “I can’t be trusted, you were so sweet/ You gave me flowers and I stomped them under my feet/ I loved you, and I know that much is true/ But it didn’t stay, you know it never do.” So many songs are about being dumped, about being wronged by a significant other, but there are few sensitive great ones about being the wrongdoer. On “Georgia,” it sounds just as painful. Listen below.


The 25 Best Canadian Songs of 2014
Dec 19, 2014 12:59pm | Chart Attack

Making a best songs of the year list is an overwhelming task when you work at a music site. You could go every day of the year listening to only music that's just hit SoundCloud or YouTube, and some days you do. So rather than make a "1,825 Best Songs of 2014" list, we decided to zero in on the music we listen to the keenest: the stuff being made within our borders. 25 sounded like a nice, manageable number when we started, but even that meant making a lot of very tough choices. But we did it.

It's only 25 songs, but it's also a prognostication for a big year in Toronto R&B, a human rights cry, a hangover, an 18 minute punk epic, a cry for independence, a rite of passage, and a listenable display of the absolutely potency of Canadian music circa 2014. Listen to the best Canadian songs of 2014 below.

Caribou, "Can't Do Without You"

One of those songs you wish would last another minute, and then another minute, and then even when its creator obliges it's still not enough. A self-contained demonstration of the sublime power of swelling repetition, Dan Snaith's triumphant return to Caribou sneaks its way into your brain, under your skin, into the shower, through the morning commute, onto your finger pressing the repeat button and then back again. You want to live in it. - Richard Trapunski

Tanya Tagaq, "Uja"

Tanya Tagaq didn't need to win the Polaris Prize this year to become Canada's newest...

Smith Westerns Confirm Breakup In New Interview
Dec 19, 2014 12:58pm | StereoGum

Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori announced over the weekend that his band would be going on “indefinite hiatus” after a farewell show in Chicago and a New Year’s Eve surprise in NYC. In a new interview with The Chicago Reader’s Dan Hyman, Omori clarifies that Smith Westerns are breaking up for good, with no plans to reunite, thanks to guitarist Max Kakacek’s decision to leave the band. Here’s how the breakup came to pass:


School of Rock musical coming to Broadway & TV adaptation coming to Nickelodeon in 2015
Dec 19, 2014 12:52pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Everyone's favorite movie about fourth-grade rock stars, School of Rock, is coming to Broadway in 2015, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Richard Linklater-directed, Jack Black-starring film is getting a musical makeover courtesy of Jesus Christ Superstar/Phantom of the Opera/etc composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and he'll be getting some help from Green Day producer Rob Cavallo too. Laurence Connor is directing the show, and Glenn Slater is handling lyrics. It's gonna be a really tough project, you're gonna have to use your head, your brain and your mind too.

Rolling Stone points out that Webber had the following to say:

It is a joy for me to return to my Jesus Christ Superstar roots. When Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was recording Jesus for Tim Rice and me at London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine! School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids.
Previews will begin on November 2 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and it's scheduled to officially open on December 6.

School of Rock is also getting a TV adaptation, which is scheduled to air this spring on Nickelodeon. Linklater's executive producing the show with School of Rock producer Scott Rudin. Writing team Jim and Steve Armogida will write and run it. And as Rolling Stone points out, Miranda Cosgrove, who played SoR charact...

Download a fan-created archive of almost every Nine Inch Nails show ever
Dec 19, 2014 12:45pm | Fact Magazine

527 GB (!) of high-quality live audio.

Reflecting In The Chrome is a free archive of audio from every available Nine Inch Nails live recording, covering nearly all NIN concerts since 1988.

The site’s founder, Ryan J., has spent six years compiling, cleaning and organizing the files, and now he has made the archive available for free via Bittorrent. The archive is 527 GB of audio a majority of the music is in FLAC and since he acknowledges that it will take a long time to seed the torrent, he will copy it to your hard drive as long as you provide return postage.

His next step in the project? A corresponding video archive. Head to his site for the torrent file. While it downloads, check out FACT’s alternative history of Trent Reznor’s career. [via CoS]

Watch: Big Noble - Stay Gold
Dec 19, 2014 12:41pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Back in November Interpol's Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli debuted their first collaboration under new moniker Big Noble, and now we've got the second.>

stream James Murphy's 'Remixes Made With Tennis Data' LP
Dec 19, 2014 12:32pm | Brooklyn Vegan

As mentioned, James Murphy headed up a project for IBM that turned real-time data from the 2014 US Open into music. That music was mostly random bleeps and bloops but he then took that and shaped it into something still bleepy and bloopy but with more form:

James Murphy used the IBM Cloud and a custom-built algorithm to turn data points from more than 400 hours of tennis play (data like serve speed, number of aces, etc.) into music cues, generating real-time soundtracks for each match. Using those tracks as soundboards James remixed his favorites to create the 12-track album you see here.
You can stream Remixes Made With Tennis Data in its entirety, below...

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Fan creates free archive of almost every Nine Inch Nails show ever
Dec 19, 2014 12:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Philip Cosores

Just in time for the holidays, Reflecting in the Chrome has gone live with the best possible gift one could give a Nine Inch Nails fan: a downloadable audio archive of nearly every available NIN show since 1988. It’s taken the site’s founder, Ryan J., six years to compile, clean, and organize all the files, and he’s now made them all available as a free torrent (via

All told, the drive contains 527 GB of music from 900 different audio sources and some 575 concerts. Ryan recommends a 750 GB hard-drive at minimum to store the entire archive and any future updates. He also warns that seeding the file will be a slow process until more seeders make themselves available. For those unwilling to wait, Ryan is willing to fill hard-drives sent to him as long as there’s return postage for the trip back. Is this dude a giver or what?

(Read: Top 10 Nine Inch Nails Songs That Freaked Your Parents Out)

The quality of the files are the highest quality available, with FLAC being the majority. Ryan is still working hard to upgrade from any mp3 versions in the current archive and fill in any gaps. What’s more, the next phase of the project is to put together an equally comprehensive collection of video for the drive.

For more information on the massive project and to get in touch with the site about getting a drive or contributing to the project, hea...

Joan Jett opening The Who's tour (5 NYC-area dates included)
Dec 19, 2014 12:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: Joan Jett w/ Alice Cooper in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, The Who are going on a 50th anniversary tour in 2015, and since we last spoke, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have been added as an opener, including on all five NYC-area dates. Those happen on May 20 at Nassau Coliseum, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, October 25 at Prudential Center and October 27 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all five shows are still available. Forest Hills tix here, and tix for the other four here.

Joan Jett is getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Lou Reed, Green Day and others, and she was recently honored in NYC by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper, Kathleen Hanna and others. Meanwhile, The Who just had to postpone two London dates this week due to Roger Daletry's throat infection. Get well soon, Roger!

All dates (including other near-NY shows like Mohegan Sun and Atlantic City) are listed below...

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Mr. Twin Sister are the "special guests" at the Baby's All Right New Year's Eve party w/ Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy & more
Dec 19, 2014 12:01pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Baby's All Right has just let it slip that Mr. Twin Sister is the "special guest" at their New Year's Eve Party this year. It was already a pretty impressive line-up, with sets from Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches frontman Aaron Maine in his Ronald Paris guise, Sunflower Bean, as well as Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, Chances with Wolves, James K, Dubbel Dutch and Mr. UNO on DJ duty. Tickets are still available as is the "2015 Baby's Watch" that gets you into NYE and most all of next year's shows (and you also get a watch).

Mr Twin Sister will also open for Sylvan Esso at Terminal 5 next month, which is now sold out.

Continue reading "Mr. Twin Sister are the "special guests" at the Baby's All Right New Year's Eve party w/ Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy & more" at brooklynvegan

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014
Dec 19, 2014 12:01pm | StereoGum

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that was out the window. People were making videos without any expectation that they’d ever be on TV, and that meant an entirely different set of rules and aims and ideas. That’s been the case for long enough, now, that the internet music video has developed its own auteurs, filmmakers with bodies of work that can compete with what Hype Williams or Mark Romanek once did. In the past few years, the internet music video has even found its Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry, the brilliant minds who reshaped the form.


Stream James Murphy & IBMs Album Of Remixes Made With Tennis Data
Dec 19, 2014 12:00pm | StereoGum

Back in August, James Murphy teamed up with IBM to make an album based on U.S. Open tennis data. Murphy and co. built a kind of algorithm using IBM Software that takes tennis match data (serve speed, number of aces, and several other things that I don’t understand) and generates it into music cues, creating a real-time sound-score of each match. The result: a long album of bleep-heavy tracks that could very easily soundtrack a high school algebra test, or a very old video game. You can watch a trailer here to learn more about the project, or just listen to the album below.


Austin Psych Fest presents: the official LEVITATION 2015 mixtape
Dec 19, 2014 11:55am | Gorilla Vs Bear

We’ve already established that next year’s Austin Psych Fest presents: LEVITATION 2015 lineup is really great, from the Jesus and Mary Chain doing Psychocandy on down to Costa Rican girl-gang garage rippers Las Robertas, and a ton of amazing bands in between. We don’t expect anyone to take our word for it though, and nothing illustrates the quality of next year’s fest better than this 90-minute mixtape (from SF DJ + producer Al Lover) featuring EVERY SINGLE BAND on the massive lineup. Check the full tracklist after the jump, and you can still enter to win a pair of weekend passes here:


Tame Impala – Elephant
Spiritualized – Run
Fuzz – HazeMaze
Thee Oh Sees – Penetrating Eye
The Sword – Freya
Eternal Tapestry – The Weird Stone
Primal Scream – Slip Inside This House
Spindrift – Space Vixens Theme
Mac Demarco – Salad Days
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Shirim
The Soft Moon – Black
The Black Ryder – All That We See
Krakatau – Riddells Creek
Fat White Family – Touch the ...

What Everyone Else Liked In 2014
Dec 19, 2014 11:45am | CMJ

You combed over CMJ’s picks for the best albums of 2014; you listened to the four-hours playlist of our favorite songs; you watched the most exciting and the most sublime videos of the year; you jammed to the remixes that made our office bounce for the past 12 months; and you saw the albums that topped the college and non-commercial radio charts.

Not fully sated yet? Us either. So we asked a swath of industry folks and musicians alike to tell us what they loved in 2014 and to give us the scoop on the albums we can expect to make the best of 2015 lists. We noticed a bit of a pattern: the college radio community is really into food (which we love), while the artist and industry community is focused on new music, touring and travel (all of which we love, too!).

Kevin Attics, Literature
Your five favorite albums of 2014:
Future Punx – 999/Livin’ in a Movie
Expert Alterations – S/T cassette
Gold-Bears – Dalliance
Flowers – Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent

Album you’re most looking forward to in 2015:
Eternal Summers just recorded a new record in Austin and I’m sure it’s gonna knock everyone out of the park.

New Year’s resolution(s):
Call my mom more often.

Angelo De Augustine

R.I.P. Larry Smith
Dec 19, 2014 11:38am | StereoGum

Wondering Sound reports that the pioneering rap producer Larry Smith, the man responsible for Run-D.M.C.’s simple and crushing sound, has died. The longtime rap insider Combat Jack spread the word on Twitter after speaking with Smith’s family. Smith was 63.


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