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Young Galaxy Fever Video
Dec 12, 2013 2:00pm | StereoGum
This is the seventh music video to come out from Young Galaxy’s recent Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, Ultramarine, but it’s striking how diverse they’ve all been. The band’s music has worked well with many different accompaniments. Case in point, the new video for “Fever.” Like “Sleepwalk With Me” and “Hard To Tell” before it, the Christopher Mills-directed clip for “Fever” is an animated one, this time using illustrations from Gaëlle Legrand. Matching the moodier tone of the song, the video takes on some dark and psychedelic imagery creating a place where people are reduced to silhouettes and buildings transform into grimacing faces. Watch it below.
Can You Answer These Alt-Rock Jeopardy! Questions?
Dec 12, 2013 1:59pm | StereoGum
With its theme music, its oddly comforting pink-and-blue color scheme, its awkward contestant interviews, and Alex Trebek’s warmly brisk professorial presence, the game show Jeopardy! has changed very little over the decades. It has, however, changed in at least one important way: Some of its writers know about indie rock now! (See previous examples.) On Tuesday night’s episode, the show included a category called “Alt,” devoted entirely to music. Watch indie have its Jeopardy! moment in all its minute-long glory below.
Listen: Ben Cook revives No Warning for Resurrection of the Wolf, fails to avoid a leak
Dec 12, 2013 1:45pm | Chart Attack
Ben Cook is best known now as a guitarist for Toronto punks Fucked Up, but his original claim to fame was his last breakout hardcore band, No Warning. Cook recently got the band back together for one final seven-inch, Resurrection of the Wolf, as a financial benefit for the wife and daughter of their imprisoned former bass player Zach Amster, who has fallen on hard times.
No Warnings most beloved album, Ill Blood, is now over a decade old, and Cook and his former bandmates have kept busy in a sprawling list of new projects, but former hardcore kids are still clamouring to hear the new material. How do we know? Because they have been. The eponymous single officially premiered today via Noisey (and is streaming above, video below), but it found its way online before then. Even worse, it seems to have been an inside job.
Some industry herb fucked up and put it on Rdio a day early, so thats some whackery, says Cook in an email, also noting that they gained 1000+ new subscribers from the leak. Apparently he had to physically walk over to get it taken down like its 1920. Maybe Ill send him a thank you telegram.
Then, before today's premiere, Cook's Souncloud page was hacked.
Carcass Unfit For Human Consumption Video
Dec 12, 2013 1:44pm | StereoGum
The awesome new Carcass album Surgical Steel was included on both Stereogum’s Top 50 Metal Albums Of 2013 list and our general-interest Top 50 Albums Of 2013 list. It’s a great record! As you no doubt already know, Surgical Steel was the band’s first new LP in 17 tears — their last was 1996′s Swan Song — and now they’ve released a new video, for Surgical Steel track “Unfit For Human Consumption,” also their first in 17 years (the last was this clip for Swan Song track “Keep On Rotting In The Free World”). The video more or less uses Surgical Steel’s cold, shiny, very sharp cover art as a jumping-off point, and while it’s SFW and not overly grotesque, the lesions of Jeff Walker’s face are not exactly appetizing. “Unfit For Human Consumption,” indeed. Dig in just the same.
an all-Morrissey Holiday Gift Guide ++ video of Moz's Nobel Peace Prize concert
Dec 12, 2013 1:36pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
Throw your arms around Paris in this lovely
Hanukkah is behind us, and Christmas is two weeks away and we
know what you're thinking -- "my shopping is done except for my
If there's something you'd like to
Morrissey also just played that Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway, performing "People Are The Same Everywhere," "Irish Blood, English Heart," and his cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love." Video of that is below as well...
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Flaming Lips reveal cover of "Sad and Beautiful World" from upcoming Sparklehorse tribute LP (listen)
Dec 12, 2013 1:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan
A group of bands have teamed up to honor the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse by recording a tribute album, Last Box of Sparklers, which they're currently raising money for on Indiegogo. Those involved include The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Mark Lanegan, David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven), Mercury Rev, Califone, Margot and the Nuclear So-And-So's, The Joy Formidable, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Portgual. The Man and more. The Flaming Lips have just revealed their cover of "Sad and Beautiful World," which you can hear (via Pitchfork), along with the full list of contributors and the Indiegogo campaign video, below.
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Shearwater Novacane (Frank Ocean Cover)
Dec 12, 2013 1:20pm | StereoGum
Last month, I gave Album Of The Week to Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers, on which the Texan band played sweeping, filigreed covers of songs from bands they know, or bands they’d shared stages with. They’ve also dropped another cover of late, of Frank Ocean’s career-making “Novacane,” but apparently they don’t actually know Ocean, since it didn’t make the album. Instead, this was part of a Record Store Day Black Friday release, a split with Low’s cover of Rihanna’s “Stay.” Shearwater’s take on “Novacane” is a warm, fluttery, almost proggy piece of work with almost no R&B in it, and it’s a kick to hear Jonathan Meiburg singing Ocean’s conversational relationship-talk lyrics in that choirboy tenor. Listen below.
Prince to appear alongside Zooey Deschanel in 'New Girl' sitcom
Dec 12, 2013 1:15pm | NME
The legendary musician will be hosting one of his pajama dance parties in the episode
Cassorla Bona Fide (Feat. Aubrey Plaza) (Stereogum Premiere)
Dec 12, 2013 1:08pm | StereoGum
Ben Cassorla has a background in jazz — you could connect him to Thelonious Monk with only one step in a musical Kevin Bacon game — and he’s played guitar in the touring band for everyone from Slick Rick to Washed Out to Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. He’s a true sonic renaissance man, which explains why the airy, reverb-inflected indie-pop on his upcoming Amigos EP feels impossible to pin down even as it sounds innately familiar. The self-released project’s long guest list (hence the title) includes members of Americana-tinged rock bands Blitzen Trapper, Dawes, and the Magnetic Zeros, but the most intriguing line on the tracklist is “Bona Fide,” which features Parks And Recreation/Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World/The To Do List actress Aubrey Plaza on sax. The song is built around an insistent high-range guitar part that would fit nicely on the first Vampire Weekend album, but it’s a little dreamier than that, with an easy falsetto chorus befitting the Ariel Pink/Jorge Elbrecht school of yacht rock. As for Plaza, she doesn’t play the sax as masterfully as she plays April Ludgate, but her blurts blend beautifully with the flashy keyboard solo that lends “Bona Fide” its zest. Listen below.
London Grammar covers Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball
Dec 12, 2013 1:07pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Say what you will about its bold music video, but Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is one of the best songs of 2013, a monster pop ballad for the ages (and no doubt many karaoke nights to come). It’s no wonder, then, that acts from across all genres have covered it. Previously we saw HAIM Apply some gnarly guitar to the smash hit, then there was Angel Haze’s gorgeous, tearjerker rendition. During a recent stop at BBC Radio’s Live Lounge, London Grammar pulled out their own take on the chart-topper.
True to their sound, CoSigned UK trio take the track to a darker place, wrapping it in the haunting, all-consuming glow that dominated their excellent debut album, If You Wait. At times, frontwoman Hannah Reid gives Cyrus a clear run for her money, her operatic vocals a striking combination of conviction, poise, and utter devastation. Watch it below.
Crosstown Rebels celebrate 10-year anniversary with three-disc compilation
Dec 12, 2013 12:58pm | Fact Magazine
Damian Lazarus’ band of party-starters and trouble-makers celebrate a decade of innovation.
Crosstown Rebels has spent 2013 celebrating their tenth anniversary by bringing the Rebel Rave to points across the globe.
Next year, the label will cap off the festivities with a three-disc compilation, pulling over 30 records from their 100-deep discography. The tracklist includes label mainstays Maceo Plex, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Tiga, and Art Department, along with material by the likes of Andre Kraml, Pier Bucci, Minilogue and Deniz Kurtel.
Ten Years of Crosstown Rebels is due out February 24. The tracklist is below, along with Maceo Plex’s ‘Cant Leave You’.
Watch London Grammar Cover Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball
Dec 12, 2013 12:55pm | StereoGum
Miley Cyrus’s gleaming gut-rip ballad “Wrecking Ball” is my favorite song of the year, and I am fully prepared to physically fight anyone who thinks I’m being ironic with that pick. The British trio London Grammar, whose track “Interlude” we posted back in August, must have some fond feelings for it. Like HAIM and Angel Haze before them, London Grammar have done their own version of the hit. London Grammar did theirs in an in-studio session for BBC’s Live Lounge, doing a soft and ethereal take on the song. Watch them play it below.
Frank Turner recording Mongol Horde hardcore album
Dec 12, 2013 12:53pm | NME
Turner is currently laying down punk project vocals in London
The Black Lips announce new album 'Underneath The Rainbow'
Dec 12, 2013 12:42pm | NME
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys has part produced the band's forthcoming LP
Black Lips announce new album, Underneath the Rainbow
Dec 12, 2013 12:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Atlanta garage-rock outfit the Black Lips will release their seventh studio album, Underneath The Rainbow, on March 18th via Vice Records. The 12-track album was recorded over the last year in New York City and Nashville, with latter sessions helmed by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Jared Swilley said the band shifted away from the poppier undertones of 2011′s Arabia Mountain to embrace more of a Southern rock and country aesthetic, adding, “Our main influences (this time) are pretty traditional. It’s roots music.” Lyrically, though, the band maintain their pronounced wild side: “Boys in the Woods” is about “doing bathtub drugs and drinking bathtub gin”, while “Smiling” was inspired by Swilley’s brief prison stint last year.
Consult the full tracklist below.
Underneath The Rainbow Tracklist:
While there’s no release date for the first single, the band’s already previewed several album tracks live. Watch footage of “Drive By Buddy” and “Boys in the Woods” below.
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