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Nov 21, 2014 10:42am | Fact Magazine

Available on: Stereotypes Music / Mass Appeal

DK3 is an oddity of a record: a comeback album by a non-existent group. Messy drama seems to be an immutable law of every girl group journey, but Danity Kane have set new standards in it. Their first incarnation – formed on TV, disbanded on TV – lasted from November 2005 to January 2009. Their second was a member down before it even began, with D. Woods mysteriously not being invited to reunion talks; preceded its first official single with the loss of another member, Aundrea Fimbres quitting mid-tour; and culminated 15 months in with an alleged mid-meeting punch-up and subsequent accusations of band members sneaking into the studio to remove other members’ vocals. Only the Sugababes could have trumped this.

Unlike the Sugababes’ own reformation, Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Danity Kane Mk II have at least managed to release the album they recorded before the final implosion, whether by contractual obligation or genuine generosity towards the small but vocal online niche of pop fans who willed the comeback into being. The surprise is how terrific it is. Not that there isn’t past form here: Danity Kane’s previous two albums, particularly 2008′s Danja-fuelled Welcome To The Dollhouse, were masterclasses of sleek modern pop, and singer Dawn Richard’s solo career showcased an awe-inspiring artistic vision of singularly vast scope. (Pu...

New Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd albums soar on charts, while Nickelback bombs
Nov 21, 2014 10:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

It’s been a pretty pedestrian year for rock music in general, but the last two weeks have seen three of the genre’s biggest bands return with new albums. On November 10th, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd released Sonic Highways and The Endless River, respectively, while Nickelback dropped No Fixed Address on November 21st.

Despite lukewarm reviews for both their albums, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd performed admirably on the charts. Going up against Taylor Swift, whose 1989 hit No. 1 for the third week in a row, Sonic Highways finished in second place. The Foo’s eighth LP debuted with 190,000 copies sold, an impressive total for sure, but well short of the 325,000 copies the band’s previous album, Wasting Light, sold in its first week back in 2011.

The Endless River, Pink Floyd’s first album in 20 years, debuted at No. 3 on the charts having sold 170,000 copies. It’s the bands 10th top 10 album to date. Their previous LP, 1994′s Division Bell, sold 465,000 in its opening week.

The news isn’t so good for Nickelback, however. The band has long managed to perform well commercially despite being the butt of jokes for music critics. However, it appears public opinion may finally be turning on Chad Kroeger and co., as No Fixed Address is on track to sell between 60,000 – 65,000 albums in its...

This Weeks 5 Best Music Videos: Belle And Sebastian, Iceage and more
Nov 21, 2014 10:38am | Chart Attack
This week's 5 best music videos prove you can never have too much alien strip club moves, daydreams of royalty, or lovingly designed 3D dolls.

Belle And Sebastian, "The Party Line"

"This new video from Belle And Sebastian, patron saints of Glasgow cardigan pop, is shot at the Great Hall in Toronto. And, surprise surprise, I do recognize a few of those bangs and glasses. Turns out some of my friends were born to star in Belle And Sebastian videos."

Now read this: Our interview with director Scott Cudmore. And our review of lead singer Stuart Murdoch's feature directorial debut, God Help The Girl.

Angel Olsen, "Windows"

"[Rick Alverson] takes us on a journey of domestic interiors, gorgeously considered and composed down to Olsen's wordless performance as an unsatisfied parent."

Now watch this: Alverson's art school torture in his video for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "From The Sun." Then, see his film The Comedy, one of the best films of 2012.

Clark, "Winter Linn"

"The visuals are a bit of a throwback, like the spinning contents of museum display case rendered in 3D. But add the footage of exploding humanoid mist plus 2001's Space Baby, and you have eno...

Watch A Clip From The Documentary R.E.M. By MTV
Nov 21, 2014 10:25am | StereoGum

MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.’s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M. By MTV, and today the band shared a five-minute clip from the film that discusses the succession of health problems that befell the band during their tour for 1994′s Monster. The documentary airs tomorrow on VH1 Classic and Palladia, but you can watch drummer Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe discuss what sounds like a fairly horrific tour below.


Perfume @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC 11/15/14
Nov 21, 2014 10:20am | StereoGum

Japanese pop artists rarely come to the US. So when Perfume — the female vocal trio who’ve spent the last decade embodying a unique and amazing techno-pop sound and visual presentation, rising to J-pop prominence in the process — announced that they’d be playing Hammerstein Ballroom (as well as L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium), the response from their US fan base was, basically, hysteria.


Rhyton released 'Kykeon,' playing shows (dates & streams)
Nov 21, 2014 10:19am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Rhyton returned this week with their newest album, Kykeon, on Thrill Jockey. Made up of three great players in the Brooklyn experimental scene -- David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of No Neck Blues Band), Rob Smith (of Pigeons) and Jimy SeiTang (ex-Psychic Ills) -- Rhyton are well equipped to take on ideas as ambitious as the ones on Kykeon. Of its six songs, four pass the seven-minute mark and only one is under four, and they're all instrumental passages through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. In terms of other modern stuff, Grails comes to mind as a comparison, and fans of that band would likely dig this. But really any fans of tripped-out extended jams should check this out. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify and stream one track below.

At the moment, Rhyton have four shows scheduled including one in Hudson, NY tonight (11/21) and two upcoming dates in their hometown of NYC. The first is this Sunday (11/23) at Trans-Pecos with Fadensonnen (with special guests Chris Pitsiokos, Jim Sauter, Kevin Shea and Brian Sullivan) and Key of Shame (also No Neck-related). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Their next local show happens December 10 at Union Pool with two other local psych bands, Weird Owl and Prince Rupert's Drops (tix at door).

All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...

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And this one timethe best Bandcamp releases of the month: November 2014
Nov 21, 2014 10:15am | Fact Magazine

In his regular column for FACT, writer Laurent Fintoni tackles Bandcamp, a platform that allows artists to sell music direct to fans, and which, more than ever, is becoming a go-to site for both independent musicians and independent music fans. Each month, hell pick out some of the months best and most interesting releases from the platform.

As we roll into the end of the year, we have a couple of unintentional themes running through this months column. The first one is death, with songs inspired by New York Times obituaries and a free release of moody instrumentals from the internet ether; and the second is Middle East fundraising from Germany, with a compilation of instrumentals in aid of ISIS refugees and experimental reworkings in support of an Iranian asylum seeker. Its not all doom and gloom though, as weve also got a pair of Detroiters passing themselves off as spies in Jamaica, wintery electronica and upbeat dance from Tokyo, and introspective breaks from Los Angeles.

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Head In The Clouds: The 25 Best SoundCloud Tracks Of The Week
Nov 21, 2014 10:15am | CMJ

This week, we went back to the ’90s with Gam Wave, revisited squeaking R&B with Oceaán, got hyped on word of a new album from Sonny & The Sunsets, warmly sunk into Soft Fangs’ debut EP and appreciated a little electronic brain-warp from Rone. There was also a Secret Songs track we missed this week, this time from Atlanta rap weirdo Rome Fortune and producer TM88. Start your weekend with all that and more in our 25-track playlist below.

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mp3: Chromatics White Light
Nov 21, 2014 10:11am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Johnny Jewel keeps the hits coming with another previously unreleased Chromatics track, the dreamy, slow-burning “White Light“:

James Murphy playing drums for reunited Dungbeetle at 'Radio Silence' show on Saturday
Nov 21, 2014 9:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

LCD's final bow at MSG, 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

As mentioned, Saturday (11/22) at Le Poisson Rouge is the release party for the new issue of Radio Silence which features Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, Matthew Friedberger, readings by Greil Marcus, Rick Moody and more. One of the more interesting performers is a reunion of late-'80s NYC art-punks Dungbeetle whose frontman Sam Lipsyte is now an established author. We noted that one of their biggest fans was a pre-LCD James Muphy who ended up as their sound guy. Well on Saturday, he'll be playing with them as their drummer. Murphy hasn't done much (any) non-DJ performing since LCD Soundsystem's MSG farewell. Tickets are still available.

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Industrial dispatches, nü metal nostalgia and all types of house: the weeks best free mixes
Nov 21, 2014 9:55am | Fact Magazine

Each week, FACTs Mixtape Round-Up trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you dont have to.

Change is afoot here at FACT HQ – the weekly mixes column will now be coming to you every Friday, with the mixtapes column being compiled into a biweekly list dropping every other Thursday.

This week’s round-up is heavy on house, whether analogue, club-ready, garage-tinged or Actually Deep. If none of those are your speed, Pharmakon trawls the industrial underground and Maxo reminisces about… Limp Bizkit.

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The Perennial Outsider: electronic veteran Cristian Vogel looks back on a life less ordinary
Nov 21, 2014 9:53am | Fact Magazine

Cristian Vogel has a lot to say.

Full disclosure: I’ve known Cristian for many years since we were at university together in the early ’90s in fact, as is touched on in my ‘Rubbish Raver’ memoir  and though we were never super-close mates as such, our paths have criss-crossed to the point where I ended up doing cat impersonations on his Specific Momentific album, and he played Salsa records at my cabaret club, and I’ve interviewed him a few times, including this epic one for my own site.

But I’m not interested in him and his new record out of tribalism or nostalgia for the old days. I’m interested because every record he makes more than two decades into his career sounds strikingly different to what’s come before, never repeats itself from one second to the next, and is full of detail that keeps giving up new experiences weeks, months and years after you first hear it. And his new one, Polyphonic Beings, is definitely full of detail: it’s a bizarre, dreamy, dubby affair that surprisingly, given how punk and spiky a lot of Cristian’s attitudes are, seems to hark back to some very hippy-trippy mid-nineties reference points.

I’m also interested because Cristian is never boring to talk to. He’s the perpetual outsider who could easily have been huge though completely ignored in the UK where he grew up, h...

Vitalogy Turns 20
Nov 21, 2014 9:52am | StereoGum

Vitalogy was the dividing line between one understanding of Pearl Jam, the version that made them famous, and a different one. There are lots of schisms and permutations within the Pearl Jam fanbase. There are those fans that like everything, of course. There are those who were teens when Ten and Vs. became huge, and still maintain a proclivity for the earlier, epically arena-sized version of the band. There are those who welcomed the band’s return of sorts to the basic, classic-ish rock formula of their last three albums (the self-titled/Avocado, Backspacer, and last year’s Lightning Bolt). And there are those of us who find Pearl Jam’s mid-’90s output to be amongst the more underrated material of their catalog, critically speaking, let alone in the grand scheme of ’90s music. That is, those of us who prefer the experimental, yearning Pearl Jam of No Code and argue for the Pearl Jam who once more reached for the rafters on Yield but with more clarity and maturity than on their earliest works. The paradox of Vitalogy is that it’s at once the album that started the version of Pearl Jam that allowed all these schisms to develop, and also the album on which we can all seemingly agree.


Death Grips show off their Photoshop skills with new Government Plates artwork
Nov 21, 2014 9:50am | Cosequence Of Sound

In the months following the disbandment of Death Grips, it seems like Zach Hill and Stefan Burnett have mastered the art of photoshop. As previously reported, the rap-punk outfit is releasing a vinyl edition of Government Plates for Record Store Days Black Friday event on November 28th. However, via Reddit, the vinyl’s artwork has prematurely leaked online a few days early.

As you can see above, the original cover art has been supplemented with 3D renderings of a grenade and a pill bottle. Additionally, there may in fact be a deeper meaning behind the cover. As one user on Reddit points out, the pill bottle features the date 7/20/15, which could be the release date for jenny death, part two of the band’s double album swan song, powers that b. Further supporting that theory is the presence of that very same pill bottle and calendar date in the video for “Anne Bony”. Of course, given that it is Death Grips were dealing with, it could all be just one giant coincidence.

The Record Store Day 12-inch also packaged with a replica of the California license plate featured on the albums front cover. Head to for more info and availability.

Below, revisit Government Plates in full.

Government Plates Tracklist:
01. You might think he loves you for your money but ...

Watch: Day Creeper Perform The Way Youre Told On The Mug & Brush Sessions
Nov 21, 2014 9:50am | CMJ

The Mug and Brush barber shop is a cool little clip joint in Columbus, Ohio, and for the last year or so they’ve been inviting regional bands in to play a few tunes, then turning them into nifty, and great sounding, live clips as “The Mug & Brush Sessions.” Late yesterday they dropped a good one from Columbus’ neo-college rock ramblers, Day Creeper, burning through The Way You’re Told. They’ve got some great 7-inches and last year’s Hell Is Real LP is a fine collection of off-campus housing porch-stomp. Here’s hoping their upcoming album, Central States, and a tour come soon.

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