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Queen Love Kills (The Ballad)
Sep 30, 2014 1:58pm | StereoGum

In 1984, Queen singer Freddie Mercury released a solo single called “Love Kills.” The tune, a Giorgio Moroder-produced rippling-synth disco track, was somewhat poorly received at the time; it was nominated for Worst Song at the Razzies after Moroder included it in his soundtrack for the reissued 1927 silent film Metropolis. But “Love Kills” has endured in the popular imagination to the extent that Little Boots covered it in 2009, and Queen have been performing a rock ’n’ roll rendition of the song with Adam Lambert in concert lately. Turns out the rock version of “Love Kills” is not new: Today the band released a guitar-laden take on the song recorded with Mercury before his death. It’s one of the unreleased tracks on Queen Forever, the upcoming retrospective comp that also includes the group’s recently unearthed Michael Jackson collab. I don’t hate the original or anything, but “Love Kills” kills as a power ballad. Listen below.

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Iron Reagan touring, playing NYC w/ Only Crime & Ma Jolie
Sep 30, 2014 1:57pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Steve Krandall

Richmond thrashers Iron Reagan (who feature members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour) released their new LP Tyranny of Failure earlier this month on Relapse and they've since added more tour dates to their schedule. They've got a West Coast run with Eyehategod (who they played NYC with in July) and Power Trip, but before that they'll hit NYC on October 19 at Saint Vitus opening for Only Crime (who feature members of Good Riddance, Converge, Black Flag, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Modern Life Is War and others). Also on that bill is promising Philly band Ma Jolie and tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new-ish video for "Miserable Failure" from the new Iron Reagan LP, below...

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New Bjork album to be co-produced by Arca
Sep 30, 2014 1:40pm | NME
The Icelandic artist released her last LP 'Biophilia' in 2011



Chumped announce debut LP, share track, add tour dates; Beach Slang EP out now & streaming
Sep 30, 2014 1:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Chumped at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

We recently mentioned that following their two EPs, Brooklyn's Chumped would be releasing their first full length later this year. It's now been announced that the album's called Teenage Retirement and it will be out on November 18 via Anchorless Records. Its first single, "Songs About Boats," recently premiered over at Noisey and from the sound of it, Chumped are continuing to make terrifically executed real-deal pop punk. If the term "pop punk" still puts a bad taste in your mouth, "Songs About Boats" is the kind of song that could remind you that you do in fact have a scratched-up copy of Dookie at your parents' house, and that there is a part of you that sometimes wants nothing more than palm-muted power chords done right. Chumped do it right, so take a listen for yourself, below.

Chumped also have a bunch of tour dates coming up, including two in their hometown. First, they open the NYC stop of the Cheap Girls / Beach Slang / Lee Corey Oswald / Signals Midwest tour happening October 14 at Saint Vitus (tickets), and then as discussed their tour with PUP hits Mercury Lounge on November 7 (tickets). Since we last spoke, Typefighter were added to that show too. Updated list of Chumped's dates below.

Speaking of Beach Slang, their excellent new EP is out today (9/30) via Tiny Engines, and t...


Joey Bada$$ shares new single and video, Christ Conscious watch
Sep 30, 2014 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Following a handful of mixtapes and EPs, including Summer Knights and 1999, Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ is at last set to release his proper full-length debut. Entitled B4.Da.$$., the LP is due is due out in the coming months. In anticipation, he’s unleashed the lead single, “Christ Conscious”.

Over a minimal backdrop of faded beats, Bada$$ spits boastful, threatening rhymes about “coming for the top dollar.” If his slick and shrewd wordplay is any indication, Bada$$’s peers should be shaking in their Timbs. Here’s just a snapshot of the vitriol he so effortlessly doles out to both the nonbelievers and competition:

Yes, I guess the word is out, we coming for the top dollar
Top rottweiler, since I popped my collar
Niggas say they hit us, they ain’t ever shot nada
Me? I’d rather not snitch up on my own problems
Cause I’m a microphone killer
Especially when my head is gone off the liquor
Specially educated, heavily medicated
Give me that beat and I’ll put you next to Dilla, my nigga
Flow sweeter than vanilla
Tell these haters beat it, can’t Jackson thriller
I’m the nigga that you see when you’re in the mirror
Say my name five times, this what I deliver

Below, check out the video for “Christ Conscious”, which sees Bada$$...


september 2014 mix
Sep 30, 2014 1:11pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

mp3:
GORILLA VS. BEAR SEPTEMBER 2014 MIX (81 mb)


01 dd elle :: tell me 00:00
02 Wet :: don’t wanna be your girl (PURPLE remix) 04:03
03 Doss :: the way i feel (recycle culture’s slow emotion reel) 07:33
04 Kero Kero Bonito :: sick beat (danny l. harle remix) 14:18
05 Dreamtrak :: odyssey, pt. 2 (a. g. cook remix) 17:09
06 Kumisolo :: kung fu boy 20:40
07 Katie Rush :: dangerous luv (feat. samantha urbani) 23:03
08 Puro Instinct :: 6 of swords 26:51
09 Alina Baraz & Galimatias :: fantasy 30:17
10 Mr Twin Sister :: rude boy 33:50
11 SALES :: getting it on 37:06
12 Andy Stott :: violence 39:56
13 Thom Yorke :: pink section 46:20
14 Grouper :: call across rooms 48:47
15 Jon Hopkins :: form by firelight (with raphaelle standell) 51:30

[check our previous monthly mixes]


Liam Neeson vows to 'finish this' in the first trailer for 'Tak3n' - watch
Sep 30, 2014 1:04pm | NME
Vigilante Bryan Mills brings his particular set of skills to cinemas January 8



The Black Market: The Month In Metal September 2014
Sep 30, 2014 1:01pm | StereoGum

In July’s Black Market, I wrote a long essay on the ways in which metal bands catfish their fans, and in that piece, I mentioned a number of contemporary examples of this phenomenon, including the “Scandinavian” black-metal auteur Myrkur and the Chicago-based USBM artist Blake Judd, who is best known for his band Nachtmystium. Both these artists deceived their fans in vastly different ways. Myrkur was shady about her origin and identity; her press materials claimed she was a one-woman act from Denmark, although the facts of that EP — specifically that it was being released by one of the biggest metal labels in the world, Relapse, although the artist had zero internet footprint — belied its backstory. Judd, on the other hand, personally interacted with fans via his Facebook account, taking money in exchange for merchandise that invariably never arrived. I don’t mean to equate these two things: Myrkur’s deception was innocent if clumsy, while Judd’s was actual fraud. But both these stories came back to light over the past month, with some resolution.

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Thats The Way Love Dies: Buck 65, Baseball and Divorce
Sep 30, 2014 12:52pm | Chart Attack
Photo by: Joshua Kloke

Buck 65 is taking me to a baseball game.

While I originally proposed taking Rich Terfry to a Toronto Blue Jays game to talk about his then-upcoming new album Neverlove, from the moment I meet the eclectic hip-hop artist known as Buck 65 outside Gate 9 it's clear he's the one in drivers seat.

It's obvious Terfry is at home at the stadium. On our way to our seats, he stops at a food vendor and without hesitation lists off his order: two hot dogs, a bag of Swedish Berries and lemonade. Sitting on the first base line, Terfry is a child. He is enamoured with a game played by men often half his age. Statistics have broken the game down to a science but Terfry sees something in baseball that many fans, and many artists, have overlooked.

Theres a real poetry in this game, says Terfry in no uncertain terms.

Sure, it's in music that he is gainfully employed. His career has afforded him Juno nominations, critical acclaim and what he deems an interesting life. It's no surprise to see him hobnobbing with big shot Canadian music executive Bernie Finkelstein at the game, for instance.

Yet it's in baseball that he is saved. And yet baseball makes him yearn for a part of him he has yet to find.


Today, on the first day of the MLB post-season (and a few days since the Jays were officially eliminated from contention), the 42-year-old's 14th full-length album Neverlov...


Rude Tom Morello gets trolled by Seattle restaurant
Sep 30, 2014 12:48pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Over the weekend, Tom Morello reunited on-stage with Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell in Seattle, marking their first time together in seven years. Needless to say, there was plenty of reason to celebrate and thus, Morello and his crew hit local hotspot The 5 Point Cafe on Friday night. However, as Blabbermouth points out, Morello was turned away at the door due to capacity issues.

Because it’s 2014, Morello responded angrily on Twitter, writing, “Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.” He then proceeded to publicly blackmail the restaurant: “Willing to forgive the Seattle Evil (Egg) Empire 5 Points Cafe doorman powertrip if good guy owner D Meinert fully embraces #15Now min wage.” (The aforementioned performance came in support of 15 Now, a grassroots organization seeking for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.)

“Good guy owner” David Meinert responded with a lengthy letter on Facebook, in which he defended his doorman and accused Morello of “acting like a prick.” He added, “Rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We could give less of a shit.” And for the cherry on top, 5 Point changed their marquee to the above image.

Read Meinert’s full letter below.

For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try ...


Too Bright
Sep 30, 2014 12:43pm | Fact Magazine

Available on: Matador

Microaggressions are so called because they barely even register in the minds of the aggressors. Theyre the embedded, subliminal ways in which dominant groups – without intent or malice – inflict their dominance on marginalised groups, and make them feel their otherness daily. For some, its the use of loaded language thats not explicitly offensive but marks out a difference: think back-handed compliments, or well-meaning observations that belie underlying prejudices. Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, however, felt microaggressive societal undercurrents of homophobia in the unchecked looks of others. In a press release for his video for Queen, the lead single from his third studio album Too Bright, he wrote, Ive seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes – somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them.

Queen itself, complete with the strident video that sees Hadreas stomp through a corporate boardoom in heels and lipstick, takes hold of that confusion; with pomposity and humour, Hadreas draws attention to the fact that those dudes are looking, and he joyfully acts out their greatest fears. No family is safe when I sashay might just be the lyric of the year, complete with the weaponised thrust of the beat that follows. Even the whistling melody that dominates the tune, the lightest and airiest form of a chorus, is far fro...


Too Bright
Sep 30, 2014 12:43pm | Fact Magazine

Available on: Matador

Microaggressions are so called because they barely even register in the minds of the aggressors. Theyre the embedded, subliminal ways in which dominant groups – without intent or malice – inflict their dominance on marginalised groups, and make them feel their otherness daily. For some, its the use of loaded language thats not explicitly offensive but marks out a difference: think back-handed compliments, or well-meaning observations that belie underlying prejudices. Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, however, felt microaggressive societal undercurrents of homophobia in the unchecked looks of others. In a press release for his video for Queen, the lead single from his third studio album Too Bright, he wrote, Ive seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes – somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them.

Queen itself, complete with the strident video that sees Hadreas stomp through a corporate boardoom in heels and lipstick, takes hold of that confusion; with pomposity and humour, Hadreas draws attention to the fact that those dudes are looking, and he joyfully acts out their greatest fears. No family is safe when I sashay might just be the lyric of the year, complete with the weaponised thrust of the beat that follows. Even the whistling melody that dominates the tune, the lightest and airiest form of a chorus, is far fro...


U2 have finished '70 per cent' of their next album
Sep 30, 2014 12:41pm | NME
'Songs Of Experience' will follow the recently released 'Songs of Innocence'



Listen: Dean Blunt – “Trident”
Sep 30, 2014 12:40pm | CMJ


The ever-mysterious and perpetually unclassifiable Dean Blunt just dropped a new single, Trident, which will appear on an upcoming 12-inch b/w 50 Cent. The track opens with a slightly dark but mostly unimposing instrumental intro before swelling into a villainous and stark half-rap/half-sing punctuation by a piercing beat slice. Blunt will also follow up 2013’s excellent and unusual The Redeemer with a new LP, Black Metal, on November 4 via Rough Trade. Until then, listen to Trident below.

The post Listen: Dean Blunt – “Trident” appeared first on CMJ.


Local Natives cover Little Dragons After The Rain watch
Sep 30, 2014 12:38pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Ben Kaye

Aside from a Johnny Cash cover and self-remix of “Ceilings”, 2014 has been a relatively quiet year for Local Natives. Instead of churning out new music, most of the band’s headlines have come from the road, where they’ve spent the last 12 or so months touring in support of their latest album, Hummingbird. Case in point: The LA outfit recently played a show at the Santa Monica pier, where they pulled out a cover of Little Dragons groovy 2007 track, “After The Rain”.

Trip-hop and soul aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one thinks about Local Natives, but with the help of former tourmate and current Karen O band member Moses Sumney, the indie rock outfit do Little Dragon justice.

Watch footage of the performance below (via Revolt TV).

And here’s Little Dragon’s great original for comparison.


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