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Independent record stores boast massive 2000% vinyl sales jump on Record Store Day
Apr 24, 2014 12:54pm | Fact Magazine

Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory

Stop the grumbling, Record Store Day has achieved what it originally set out to do.

New in-depth music analytics service BuzzAngle Music have announced the first ever release of daily sales stats to show the massive impact Record Store Day has on independent record stores.

According to the data, independent record shops posted an average 645% sales growth on Record Store Day (19th April) this year in comparison to the previous Saturday, a hike that was more than reflected in a gobsmacking 1,855% increase in vinyl sales for the industry as a whole.

Put the two together and you get the biggest stat of all; a whopping 2,042% increase in vinyl sales at independent stores on Record Store Day compared to the previous Saturday.

Despite the accusations from labels and artists of mainstream hijacking, back-logged pressing plants and extortionate touting that have plagued this years celebration, the annual event has overwhelmingly succeeded in supporting the independent record shops for whom the whole thing was conceived in the first place seven years ago.

BuzzAngle Music have also announced the biggest sellers from this years event with Tame Impalas Live LP and Nirvanas Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself and Want To Die single taking the top spots. See the 25 best selling albums and singles below and peruse BuzzAngles full report here



Thee Oh Sees playing free outdoor Northside Festival show
Apr 24, 2014 12:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' hiatus was a brief one -- the same amount of time off for most bands wouldn't even be noticed -- and they're playing California shows in May. Still no word if a proper tour is in the works, but the band will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival, an outdoor show at McCarren Park on June 14. Like the CHVRCHES show on 6/15, this is free and open to the public but you will need to RSVP which you can do beginning Friday (4/25) at noon.

Thee Oh Sees' new album, Drop, was released on Record Store Day (4/19) and you can stream it via Rdio. Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees playing free outdoor Northside Festival show" at brooklynvegan



Miami city commissioners vote down resolution to ban Ultra Music Festival
Apr 24, 2014 12:47pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Ultra Music Festival will remain in Miami after city commissioners voted 4-1 to keep the music festival at Bayfront Park, according to WSVN-TV.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and city commissioner Marc Sarnoff called for an end to Ultra after a security guard was severely injured in a stampede during the first day of the festival last month. Over the course of the entire weekend, 76 festival-goers were arrested, 28 of them for felonies, and 118 others were treated by paramedics. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man was found dead in his car after attending the festival.

There were reports of Regalado and Sarnoff backtracking from their position, however, a motion was filed and voted on by City of Miami commissioners today. Fortunately for Ultra, the vote was in its favor.

In the days leading up to the vote, Ultra Music Festival organizers launched an on-line petition to keep the festival in Miami. As of publication, the petition has accrued nearly 50,000 signatures.

In an accompanying statement, Ultra organizers said this year’s festival employed 257 police officers a day, including 18 undercover officers. However, in the wake of this year’s tragic events, the festival is “conducting a top-to-bottom review of its security protocol and continues its long-standing commitment to the security and safety of its patrons and personnel.”

Following today’s news, Ultra announc...


Q&A: Lykke Li On Finding Inspiration In Heartbreak
Apr 24, 2014 12:45pm | StereoGum

The first time I interviewed Lykke Li was in 2008. I flew to Stockholm to spend a week following her around for a feature story that was to be published just as her debut album, Youth Novels, was seeing release here in the States. What struck me most about Lykke at the time was her absolute seriousness in regards to her music, coupled with her ambivalence about being considered a pop star (which is essentially what everyone wanted her to be). In the years since, even though much has changed in her life — her sophomore album, 2011′s Wounded Rhymes, made her something of a bonafide indie-pop celebrity — her attitude toward making music remains seemingly unchanged. As far as her career goes, Lykke still leads with her heart, which meant eschewing almost all traditionally “pop” notions when it came to the making her forthcoming third album. A breakup album in the classic “rip out your heart and throw it on the ground” vein, I Never Learn is both epic and incredibly intimate. It also speaks closely to the relative terrors of being in your late twenties and what it means (or doesn’t mean) to be emotionally adult. I had to the chance to sit down with Lykke a few weeks ago and discuss the making of the record and how she feels about entering this new phase of her career.

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Ramona Lisa Dominic Video
Apr 24, 2014 12:45pm | StereoGum

Chairlift leader Caroline Polachek has taken on the side-project alter-ego Ramona Lisa, and she recorded all of her new album Arcadia by herself, on her laptop. She’s already made a video for the album’s title track, and now she’s followed that one with a new self-directed video for “Dominic,” another hazy track from the album. In this one, Polachek pilots a rowboat through some picturesque marshlands in Florida’s Everglades National Park, and she seems way calmer about all the alligators surrounding her than I would be. Also, she’s got a new haircut, and I really like it. Check out the video below.

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Listen: Lost Boy ? Wasted
Apr 24, 2014 12:40pm | CMJ


Brooklyn fuzz-rock band Lost Boy ? has given us a guitar-pop preview of their forthcoming Wasted EP with the release of its title track, which tumbles and grooves along in a coating of garage-rock distortion. Frontman Davey Jones, who essentially took on the EP alone, crafts a seamless and subtle melody that flows with the various lead guitar lines that lie at the forefront of this jam. Wasted comes out on May 27 via Exploding In Sound, but you can check out the title track (via Stereogum) below.

The post Listen: Lost Boy ? – “Wasted” appeared first on CMJ.


Listen: Lost Boy ? Wasted
Apr 24, 2014 12:40pm | CMJ


Brooklyn fuzz-rock band Lost Boy ? has given us a guitar-pop preview of their forthcoming Wasted EP with the release of its title track, which tumbles and grooves along in a coating of garage-rock distortion. Frontman Davey Jones, who essentially took on the EP alone, crafts a seamless and subtle melody that flows with the various lead guitar lines that lie at the forefront of this jam. Wasted comes out on May 27 via Exploding In Sound, but you can check out the title track (via Stereogum) below.

The post Listen: Lost Boy ? – “Wasted” appeared first on CMJ.


There are far too many phones on the dance floor: Theo Parrish plans vinyl sale, dance workshop
Apr 24, 2014 12:36pm | Fact Magazine

The Detroit veteran aims to return the focus to dancing with a vinyl sidewalk sale, a workshop and a dance competition.

Theo Parrish and his Sound Signature label will hold the events on May 23 in conjunction with Detroit’s Universole dance competition.

“Everyone knows there are far too many phones on the dance floor, and far too many solitary fist pumpers,” says Parrish in a statement. “The association is a reminder that the DJ, the song, and the people need to move as one at the dance.”

Universole will include a workshop, a dance contest and a party that features Marcellus Pittman. The sidewalk sale will include Parrish’s new Footwork EP along with “lots of other available titles, and some Detroit-only items as well as special merchandise.” [via RA]

Recently, Parrish spoke out about selfies and Soundcloud, among other topics. Similarly, FACT’s Laurent Fintoni assessed the Unsound Festival’s photography ban.


Siinai Shopping Trance
Apr 24, 2014 12:30pm | StereoGum

Siinai are progressive kraut-rockers from Finland, and their new album Supermarket is due out June 17 via Splendour. As you may have surmised from both the album title, and the title of their new track “Shopping Trance,” the project is an attempt to make “a soundtrack for the supermarket nations.”

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New Orleans Jazz Fest reveals 2014 TV broadcast schedule
Apr 24, 2014 12:22pm | Cosequence Of Sound

New Orleans Jazz Fest kicks off this weekend, though you don’t need to hit the Big Easy in order to catch this year’s festivities. Several of the sets will be broadcast live on AXS TV, including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Phish, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, and String Cheese Incident.

The broadcast will air Thursday, May 1st – Sunday, May 4th beginning at 3:00pm ET. Every night a re-broadcast of each of the day’s sets will be shown at 10:00pm. Check out the full schedule below.

Thursday, May 1st:
Santana
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters
Jason Isbell
Galactic
String Cheese Incident

Friday, May 2nd:
Vampire Weekend
Alabama Shakes
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
Anders Osborne
Irma Thomas
Marcia Ball

Saturday, May 3rd:
Phish
Theresa Anderson
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Honey Island Swamp Band
Better Than Ezra
Bonerama

Sunday, May 4th:
Arcade Fire
John Fogerty
The Revivalists
The Radiators
Voice of the Wetlands Allstars
Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk
w/ special guest Art Neville



Watch The New Video For Paul Wellers Record Store Day 14 Single, Because Hes Never Participating In Record Store Day Again
Apr 24, 2014 12:15pm | StereoGum

The always-sharp Brit-rock liver (and former Jam and Style Council frontman) Paul Weller released a new single called “Brand New Toy” on Record Store Day. It’s a clean, bouncy power-pop number, and in its new Joe Connor-directed video, Weller and his backing band casually knock the song out while the camera makes it look like they’re part of a huge kaleidoscope. Enjoy it while you can because Weller is done with this Record Store Day business. In a post on his website, Weller brings up the common complaints that everyday fans, including some who’d lined up for hours, couldn’t get the single because predatory types had bought up all the copies and were selling them on eBay before RSD even started. Well claims he won’t be participating in Record Store Day again. Check out the video and the note from Weller again.

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The Horrors covered Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" (listen); The Obamas, Elton John & Summerstage offer tributes
Apr 24, 2014 12:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:

Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.

You can see a photo of the letter below.

Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:

Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.
In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold o...

Big Freedia announces Just Be Free LP, unleashes Explode
Apr 24, 2014 12:12pm | Fact Magazine

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The Queen of Bounce readies her latest album.

Big Freedia has spent more than a decade as a global ambassador for New Orleans bounce, a frenetic club style that had dancers twerking long before Miley Cyrus came along. The singer’s latest album, Just Be Free, is due out on June 17 via Freedia’s Queen Diva Music imprint, and the title has multiple meanings.

“Being ‘free to be who you’ is one,” the singer tells Rolling Stone. “We live in a society where we have a lot of liberties. Its just not like this everywhere in the world. This album is my first studio recorded album where I came up with concepts beforehand. So much of my music is appreciated live, but I think these tracks are one you can listen to at a late night twerk party or an afternoon barbecue and enjoy!”

Lead cut ‘Explode’ is the type of track Freedia has mastered, an anthem that begs the listen to “Release your wiggle / Release your anger / Release your mind / Release your job/ Release the time.” Stream it below. The album is available to pre-order now.

1. Turn Da Beat Up
2. Dangerous
3. N.O. Bounce
4. Jump On It
5. Lift Dat Leg Up
6. Ol’ Lady
7. Where My Queens At
8. Explode
9...


Landlady @ Shea Stadium: April 23, 2014
Apr 24, 2014 12:10pm | CMJ


Last night, Brooklyn’s own Landlady closed out a three-night April residency at Shea Stadium in support of their forthcoming album, Upright Behavior. Opening acts, Relatives and the Westerlies, prepped the crowd with feel-good, soft-around-the-edges guitar music, embellished by a five-piece horn section in the second half of Relatives’ set.

Upon starting their 11 p.m. set, Landlady frontman Adam Schatz called out individuals to fill in the empty space separating the stage and the crowd. At this point in this residency, the group knew how to work a crowd in the intimate, dimly-lit venue, how to get the audience full engaged with their ebullient, spiritual music. The five members kicked off the set with a slow number, a goosebumpy a capella arrangement that echoed painfully through the venue. The remainder of their set was anything but slow, especially with two percussionist working strenuously to advance the languid rhythms of each subsequent number.

Schatz was a remarkable performer, throwing his whole body into songs like Above My Ground and The Globe, using his hands to grab at some magical energy floating through the air. For their final song, Landlady was joined by a number of brass and woodwind players who blared and squawked triumphant gold tones from the crowd.

Photos by Angel E. Fraden.

The post Landlady @ Shea Stadium: April 23, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.


Landlady @ Shea Stadium: April 22, 2014
Apr 24, 2014 12:10pm | CMJ


Tuesday night, Brooklyn’s own Landlady closed out a three-night April residency at Shea Stadium in support of their forthcoming album, Upright Behavior. Opening acts, Relatives and the Westerlies, prepped the crowd with feel-good, soft-around-the-edges guitar music, embellished by a five-piece horn section in the second half of Relatives’ set.

Upon starting their 11 p.m. set, Landlady frontman Adam Schatz called out individuals to fill in the empty space separating the stage and the crowd. At this point in this residency, the group knew how to work a crowd in the intimate, dimly-lit venue, how to get the audience full engaged with their ebullient, spiritual music. The five members kicked off the set with a slow number, a goosebumpy a capella arrangement that echoed painfully through the venue. The remainder of their set was anything but slow, especially with two percussionist working strenuously to advance the languid rhythms of each subsequent number.

Schatz was a remarkable performer, throwing his whole body into songs like Above My Ground and The Globe, using his hands to grab at some magical energy floating through the air. For their final song, Landlady was joined by a number of brass and woodwind players who blared and squawked triumphant gold tones from the crowd.

Photos by Angel E. Fraden.

The post Landlady @ Shea Stadium: April 22, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

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