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Torres releasing a Record Store Day split 7" with Motel Beds and Kelley Deal, playing Glasslands
Apr 18, 2014 8:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

Torres at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Alt-folk singer Torres is one of the many musicians with a release planned for this year's Record Store Day (Saturday, 4/19). She contributes the new song "The Harshest Light" to a split with Ohio indie rock band Motel Beds whose contribution, "Tropics of the Sand," features vocals from indie legend Kelley Deal of The Breeders. You'll have to wait til RSD to hear the Torres song, but you can listen to the Motel Beds/Kelley Deal song (via Stereogum) below.

That split is coming out via Misra Records, who also release the Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy compilation on 12" vinyl for RSD with tracks by Kelley Deal's R. Ring, Motel Beds, Phosphorescent and more. Tracklist for that one, and album artwork for both RSD releases, below.

The currently Brooklyn-based Torres also has an upcoming show here happening on May 6 at Glasslands with Young Unknowns, Eastern Midwestern and Photo Ops. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream, tracklist, and artwork below...

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Prince to reissue Purple Rain for 30th anniversary, promises veritable goldmine of unheard music
Apr 18, 2014 8:18am | Cosequence Of Sound

For the last few months, Prince has been teasing the release of a new full-length album titled PLECTRUMELECTRUM. Turn out that’s just one of many projects the Purple One has in store for 2014.

Today, Warner Bros. Records announced a new agreement with Prince “that will see the release of long-awaited, previously unheard music, while giving the artist ownership of the master recordings of his classic, global hits,” according to a press release. The deal also gives Warner Bros. licensing for every album released between 1978 and the 1990s.

The first release stemming from this partnership with be a digitally remastered, deluxe reissue of Prince’s seminal album Purple Rain, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. Other planned projects will follow soon after, the press release adds.

(Read: Prince played a surprise show in New York City this morning. It didn’t end till 6am.)

Below, listen to Prince’s latest single, “FALLINLOVE2NITE”, featuring Zooey Deschanel.

Sun Kil Moons Mark Kozelek announces Live at Biko
Apr 18, 2014 8:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Mark Kozelek just released Benji, his sixth record under the moniker Sun Kil Moon, earlier this year. And while that bleak but beautiful album is still burning warmly in our ears, Kozelek has announced a new live album under his given name.

Due out July 1st on Calo Verde, Live at Biko was recorded during an April 6th gig in Milan, Italy. The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises Ålesund” and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek’s collaboration with The Album Leaf’s Jimmy Lavalle. You can listen to the live version of Benjis “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes” over at Pitchfork and find the full tracklist below.

Live at Biko Tracklist:
01. Gustavo

02. I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same
03. I Love My Dad
04. Dogs
05. Micheline
06. Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes
07. Alesund
08. Hey You Bastards I’m Still Here
09. Sunshine in Chicago<...

Illmatic Turns 20
Apr 18, 2014 8:03am | StereoGum

The summer and fall of 2001 were tremendously exciting times to be a young rap nerd. Jay-Z and Nas were throwing lyrical haymakers at each other, scrambling for the upper hand, using every possible weapon at their disposal to wreck each other. Rap had had plenty of storied rivalries, of course, but we’d never heard two commercial, artistic titans going for blood like that, getting unrelentingly personal with every line. Nas talked about Jay’s “dick sucking lips” and “whiskers like a rat.” Jay made explicit reference to fucking Nas’s ex in Nas’s car. Only one thing was off-limits, and that one thing was Illmatic. That’s the one hot album in Jay’s “one hot album every ten year average” line from “The Takeover,” and you can even hear a bit of awe creep into his voice when he pronounces the album’s title. Talking about the Nas sample on his own “Dead Presidents,” Jay famously says, “You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song,” but at least he acknowledges that it was a hot line, you know? In fact, Illmatic sits there underneath everything Jay says on “The Takeover.” He couldn’t just say you’re garbage. He had to say look at all this enormous power and potential you had when you started; isn’t it too bad that you’re garbage now? Because what could Jay possibly say about Illmatic</...

FKA twigs made her NYC debut at Glasslands & The Westway (pics & video)
Apr 18, 2014 8:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

FKA twigs @ The Westway - 4/17/14

At this, her first New York show, her opening whisper was a perhaps inadvertent reminder of this tension in her music. It came at the beginning of "Weak Spot," which seems like a love song but is really something of a taunt. Both to the audience and to the target of the song, she seemed to be saying: Look how little it takes to get your attention.

She mostly held it during this show, which was performed in vague light, as if she only wanted to give out part of herself visually, too. She was backed by three musicians -- two on drum machines, one alternating between drum machines and guitar -- who barely moved as well. (At one point, she asked for more light onstage because "my band can't see the pads.")

Where she wasn't stingy was with her body. Ms. Barnett is trained as a dancer: Before she gained attention as a singer, she appeared in a handful of music videos as a backup dancer; on Instagram, she often posts videos of her rehearsals. Frequently, she appears to be experiencing her music more vividly through her body than through her voice. [NY Times]

The very-hyped London artist FKA twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) just wrapped up a short run of North American dates, including her first-ever NYC shows at Glasslands on Wednesday (4/16) and at The Westway last night (4/17) (both sold out). She had two EPs to pull from, and according...

Listen: Montreal Sex Machine Blackout
Apr 18, 2014 7:50am | The Line Of Best Fit

GODMODE Records new house band Montreal Sex Machine stomp on to the scene with Blackout. Featuring an array of the labels signees, these guys live up to their supergroup status on this scuzzy slice of eminently danceable rock.

The blend of warped (is that octave fuzz, I hear?) yet instantly catchy guitar lead and a wandering bass line give Blackout the sound of that last round of shotsthat youll remember. Over all the sleaze, Mr. Dreams Adam Moerder croons like a cross between Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) and Luke Jenner (The Rapture), presenting the listener with a choice: cash out or blackout? I think we both know the night doesn’t end here.

Montreal Sex Machine’s debut 12 is set for release on 15 June. Their debut performance is scheduled for the same day at Muchmores in Brooklyn, New York.

Watch Broken Bells Take Control To Conan
Apr 18, 2014 7:49am | StereoGum

Broken Bells are in California and between Coachella weekends, and amazingly enough, Danger Mouse is not using the moment to produce another kinda-flat album for another arena-rock band. Instead, he and James Mercer appeared on last night’s episode of Conan, performing “Control,” an icy early-’80s-style rocker from their new album After The Disco. Their stage setup, with all those circular platforms, is a pretty cool piece of design, though I’m not sure it makes up for the glaring lack of stage presence. Check out the performance below.


Future unveils video for Kanye West collaboration, 'I Won' - watch
Apr 18, 2014 7:37am | NME
The clip is directed by Hype Williams

Miley Cyrus responds to rumours surrounding her hospitalisation
Apr 18, 2014 7:10am | NME
The controversial singer had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic

New 'Godzilla' featurette revealed - watch
Apr 18, 2014 6:28am | NME
Director Gareth Edwards discusses monster movie

Top selling albums in independent record shops since last year's Record Store Day revealed
Apr 18, 2014 6:16am | NME
Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk amongst those who make the Top 40

Record Store Day 2014: The Good, The Bad and The Blatant Cash Ins
Apr 18, 2014 5:52am | Drowned In Sound

Its that time of year again! When a legion of trenchcoat owners and fey youngsters with immaculate haircuts head down to their local music emporium, all in the hope of bagging some exclusive vinyl treats. We are, of course, talking about Record Store Day, when we plan on rising from bed at a ludicrous hour to give James Murphy yet more of our money.

Despite the inevitable dross in this years list of over 600 releases, there remains plenty to get excited about. From Tim Burgess brand new solo single to a Liars record that has actual wool in it. Weve done our best to round up the best releases below, and took a moment to take aim at the unnecessary tosh too.

Dig in and allow us to wish you a ton of fun when rooting around in your local record store this Saturday.

The Good

LCD Soundsystem

The Long Goodbye (DFA)

Few bands have been as mindful of their place in the musical canon as LCD Soundsystem. From the opening strains of 'Losing My Edge', James Murphy deliberately set about placing his own band in the same esteem as Can, Suicide and The Sonics. Now he's releasing their final show at Madison Square Gardens in 2011 as a special edition, 5-LP boxset - the sort of commemorative treatment that usually befits rock royalty. If you saw the Brooklyn dance-punk troupe live before their self-made demise, you'll understand just why this sort of grandstanding is wholly justified. They were an ecstati...

Black Flag's Greg Ginn and FLAG settle lawsuit
Apr 18, 2014 5:50am | NME
The two parties have resolved Ginn's claims new band Flag benefitted from Black Flag's identity

Belle & Sebastian cover 'Don't Stop Believing' at children's hospital - watch
Apr 18, 2014 5:19am | NME
The Scottish group performed for the Songs For Kids Foundation

Beck hopes to release another album this year
Apr 18, 2014 4:27am | NME
The follow up to February's 'Morning Phase' is already underway

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