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David Letterman remembers The Orwells Late Show performance watch
Jan 28, 2015 3:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Appearing last night on Late Late Show — which is in the Regis Philbin stage of its month of rotating hosts — David Letterman and his longtime cohort Paul Shaffer discussed a great many things about their lengthy stint as the host and bandleader of Late Show with David Letterman. At one point during the interview, Letterman reflected fondly on the show’s various musical guests, singling out, in particular, last year’s star-making performance by The Orwells.

The young Elmhurst natives appeared on the program in early 2014, busting through a chaotic rendition of “Who Needs You” that is still memorable to Letterman more than 12 months later. “After all these years, something like that really tickles me,” Letterman said of the performance.

Letterman also recounted the aftermath of the performance, when he asked the band to run through the song one more time. After being informed that guitarist Matt “The Denim Demon” O’Keefe had broken his strings, Letterman turned to Shaffer for help, who responded with his own encore of the track, complete with Shaffer writhing around on the ground akin to Orwells’ singer Mario Cuomo’s serpentine dance moves.

Although he claims to have no musical skill himself, it’s clear Letterman has an ear for talent and an affinity for drums. Below, revisit the Orwells&r...



Jeff Mills to debut USB album Proxima Centauri this weekend
Jan 28, 2015 3:09pm | Fact Magazine

The Wizard returns.

Jeff Mills has announced plans to debut his latest 12-track “USB album,” Proxima Centauri, during his Time Tunnel 6 event at Strasbourg, France’s La Laiterie. Mills has shared an image of the USB album (below) but no other details.

It’s not the first time he’s toyed with the format, releasing his last two albums The Jungle Planet and Emerging Crystal Universe on memory sticks. More as we have it.

Last year, the techno veteran came out in support of EDM and announced plans to design a percussion instrument inspired by a UFO sighting.



Richard Skelton to debut new album this spring during UK performances
Jan 28, 2015 3:08pm | Fact Magazine

The British composer will premiere his new album under the Inward Circles moniker during a trio of live performances, titled Landscape, throughout the UK.

Richard Skelton is best known for his dense compositions inspired by very specific areas in nature. 2010′s excellent Landings for example was inspired by the moors of Northern England. His newest album has moves in what he describes as a different and darker direction, inspired by what lies beneath the earth itself. The new material, which he described as “layers of harmonic till with outcrops of more obdurate material; moraines of static, veins of melody,” will first be played live at the beow dates where the record will be available to buy for the first time.

March 20 – Manchester, Islington Mill

March 21 Bexhill on Sea, De La Warr Pavillion

March 22 London, St. John at Hackney Church


Taylor Swift Trademarks The Phrase This Sick Beat
Jan 28, 2015 2:57pm | StereoGum

Taylor Swift’s Twitter hack didn’t expose anything particularly embarrassing, but that’s OK, there’s plenty to joke about in the public record. Consider, for instance, this Vox report that Swift has trademarked the phrase “this sick beat” — as in the “Shake It Off” lyric “You could have been getting down to this sick beat” — preventing others from printing the phrase on everything from clothing to Christmas ornaments.

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FULL SCREEN: Run The Jewels hypnotize, Young Guv bums around Toronto
Jan 28, 2015 2:50pm | Chart Attack

Run The Jewels, "Lie, Cheat, Steal"

Run The Jewels want to wake you up. Whether its their politically driven lyrics, their natural charisma, or this flashy and vibrant video for Lie, Cheat, Steal, Killer Mike and El-P dont want you to just sit idly by as you listen to their music. Director RUFFMERCY brings his eclectic, artistic vision to the clip and literally and figuratively animates the track into the stratosphere. The constantly changing blasts of colours, the quickly strewn lyrics across the screen, and the vivacity of the visuals hypnotize you into never looking away. And thats the essence of Run The Jewels' music: they want you to hear what theyre saying because, even through the tea bagging references, at its core, theyre making protest music in a time that needs it more than ever. - Simone Zucker

Run The Jewels' RTJ2 is out now via Mass Appeal Records.

Young Guv, "Crushing Sensation"

Ben Cook spends his days walking around Toronto, kicking shopping carts, wearing sweatpants. Or at least that's what the people categorizing his new Young Guv video as "a day in the life" would have you believe. The lo-fi clip was directed by art director Danielle Nemet (whose brother Anthony Nemet co-produced the album), but it's not just a fly on the wall. Instead, it leans on Cook's extensive acting experience. - Richard Trapunski

He explains in an email to Chart Attack:


Lauryn Hill adds more dates, including 2 more NYC shows
Jan 28, 2015 2:49pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo::: Lauryn Hill @ Chicago's House of Blues, 2014 (more by Brigid Gallagher)

As mentioned, Lauryn Hill is going on an "acoustic performance series" tour, including a bunch of NYC shows: Rough Trade on February 17 (sold out), Highline Ballroom on February 20 & 23 (night 1 sold out, night 2 VIP tix available) and an early and late show at Blue Note on February 25 (tables sold out, but first-come-first-serve bar seats are available night of show).

Since we last posted, Lauryn has added more NYC shows: Blue Note is presenting a show at Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios on March 21. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon. She'll also play March 25 at City Winery. Tickets for City Winery go on sale Thursday (1/29) at 3 PM for VinoFile members and Friday (1/30) at 3 PM to the general public.

That makes seven upcoming NYC shows. All dates are listed below.

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Lauryn Hill adds shows, playing City Winery (updated dates)
Jan 28, 2015 2:49pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo::: Lauryn Hill @ Chicago's House of Blues, 2014 (more by Brigid Gallagher)

As mentioned, Lauryn Hill is going on an "acoustic performance series" tour, including a bunch of NYC shows: Rough Trade on February 17 (sold out), Highline Ballroom on February 20 & 23 (night 1 sold out, night 2 VIP tix available) and an early and late show at Blue Note on February 25 (tables sold out, but first-come-first-serve bar seats are available night of show).

Since we last posted, Lauryn has added another NYC show: March 25 at City Winery. Tickets for City Winery go on sale Thursday (1/29) at 3 PM for VinoFile members and Friday (1/30) at 3 PM to the general public.

That makes six upcoming NYC shows. All dates are listed below.

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This guy turned a Millennium Falcon toy into a turntable
Jan 28, 2015 2:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In the Star Wars universe, the Millennium Falcon could make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. In the real universe, it can spin a vinyl record at 78 RPM.

A few years ago, a Texas-based instrument repairer named Marco Garza bought an original 1977 Falcon toy for $2. (These artifacts usually run $2,000 mint-in-box, but Garza’s was missing all of the parts.) After keeping it in storage for some time, he decided to merge it with a Technics SL-1200 turntable, thus creating the most badass hunk of junk to ever play an LP.

The project took Garza some nine months to finish, starting with reinforcing the toy’s body so it could contain all the metal and electronics needed to operate the turntable. From there, it was a lot of recycled aluminum, some old VCR parts, and a bit of perseverance, and now he’s got a Millennium 1200. (Technically he still has a few final tweaks to make, but it’s essentially playable.)

Below, check out some images of the construction and head over to the Picotek Design website to read about the entire building process.



Album Stream Premiere: Seagulls Great Pine
Jan 28, 2015 2:27pm | CMJ

Seagulls


The sound of Philly’s Seagulls inflates, deflates and swoons back and forth as such throughout this debut album, Great Pine. An almost gospel music-like heave rises out of their flannel-swaddled indie rock. A ’50s crooner aches to escape singer Matt Whittle’s lungs, and the music butressing his mourn has tinking piano, slide guitar and seductive song sturctures. Good taste too, with a fine, restrained cover of Big Star’s Thirteen. But odd electro-twitches, horn blaps and other unknown nosies peak out of the songs, and a vague air of woodsy weird keeps Seagull’s relatively inncocent, traditonal tuneage guessing. Like in Love, Give where (name) pronounces says “What a beeu-tee-full world,” and you almost want to pinch his cheeks like a proud grannie, until the weepy sweep and sad words mean he really needs a hug, or maybe a stiff drink.

Check out the premiere stream of Great Pine, below. It comes out officially next Tuesday, February 3, via Yellow K Records.

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The Amazing share new song Safe Island listen
Jan 28, 2015 2:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Sweden’s The Amazing have proven to be experts at making grandiose, soaring, and orchestral guitar-based arrangements. In anticipation of their upcoming third studio album Picture You, due out February 17th, the band has already showcased the title track and “The Headless Boy”. Today, they’ve unveiled another preview with “Safe Island”.

“Safe Island” effectively splits the difference between the sprawling runtime of “Picture You” and the pastoral atmospherics of “The Headless Boy”. While it features powerfully ambling and ambitious electric guitars, its most beautiful moments lie in the soothing vocals and cascading melodies. Listen in below.



Spirit Family Reunion playing upstate NY shows with Felice Brothers, headlining MHOW (dates)
Jan 28, 2015 2:07pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Spirit Family Reunion at Central Park in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

NYC locals Spirit Family Reunion recently announced a handful of upcoming dates around the state. In February the folk group will be milling around upstate with The Felice Brothers, playing Rochester, Ithaca and Kingston. The band play their hometown later this spring at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 17. Tickets for the MHOW show are on AmEx presale now, with a general on-sale at noon on Friday (1/30).

Those are three of four NY shows The Felice Brothers are playing, the other being this year's annual "Shine A Light" benefit show at Long Island's Cannon's Blackthorn on February 7 with Strand of Oaks. Tickets for that show are still available.

From there The Felice Brothers are heading to Australia and New Zealand with Conor Oberst on his tour there. Conor also plays NYC at Governor's Ball, and his punk band Desaparecidos recently signed with Epitaph for a new album and have dates coming up.

All dates for Spirit Family Reunion and Felice Bros, with videos from each, below...

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Migos Ridiculed For $1K High School Donation
Jan 28, 2015 2:04pm | StereoGum

Donating money to a high school is a noble gesture, but it’s hard not to laugh at the way Migos went about it. The Atlanta rap trio and their label Quality Control Music presented $1,000 to Booker T. Washington High School on one of those giant novelty checks, commemorating the photo op on Instagram yesterday: “GIVING BACK TO WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL IN ATLANTA.”

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Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Jan 28, 2015 2:04pm | StereoGum

We have to talk about historical perspective when we’re talking about mixtapes, and we have Lil Wayne to thank and to blame for that. Lil Wayne wasn’t the only one releasing great mixtapes during his mid-’00s monster run, and he wasn’t even the only one who was releasing mixtapes that were arguably better than his albums. Clipse, after all, were out there. But Wayne was so prolific, and so brilliant, for so long, that he basically rearranged the entire idea of what a mixtape could be. Before, say, the first Dedication tape, mixtapes were fun curios, ways to hear good rappers before they were ready to put out albums. Wayne himself was a fun curio, too. I still remember the look I gave my mixtape guy when he told me I should buy Dedication. (We used to have mixtape guys once upon a time.) He’d sold me a shitty tape of Murder Inc. B-teamers the week before, probably because he had too many that he couldn’t unload, and I was sure he just wanted my $5. But on that tape, and over the next few years, we heard Wayne make leap after leap and go from human to immortal. I was just hitting my stride as a music critic around the time that historic run was hitting its peak, and I cannot possibly overstate how exciting it was to hear and write about these things as they came out, a few months apart, each better than the last. Usually, you only know a historical moment when it’s over. But if you were paying attention then, it was...


Spanish band Hinds (fka Deers) touring around SXSW and Burgerama, including 2 NYC shows (dates, streams)
Jan 28, 2015 1:51pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

I saw these girls play at Electrowerkz last night and they were great...it's like The Pastels meets Mink De Ville and has a real ramshackle joy to it. It's even better live when all the guitars are out of tune. Innocence and dissonance... Spanish Stroll indeed! - Bobby Gilespie (Primal Scream)
Up until recently, Madrid's Hinds were called Deers... that was until Montreal band The Dears made them change it. (A "Hind" is a female deer, by the way, so they stayed close to the source with the new name.) Whatever you call them, the band make endearingly shambly surf/garage pop, not too far from The Pastels (as Bobby Gilespie mentions above) or The Beets. So far Hinds have two singles, both of which you can stream, along with videos for the very catchy "Bamboo" and "Castigadas en el Granero," below.

Hinds will be visiting North America in March for SXSW and Burgerama, with a tour bookended by NYC shows: March 13 at Baby's All Right and March 31 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to Baby's All Right go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30) and tickets to Mercury Lounge are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public on Friday at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with streams, video and tour flyer, below...

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New BBC documentary captures Kraftwerks historic London residency
Jan 28, 2015 1:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Robert Altman

In February 2013, German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk took over London’s Tate Modern art gallery for eight consecutive nights. Dubbed Kraftwerk The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, the residency, or exhibit if you will, was a “chronological exploration of the group’s sonic and visual experiments” and featured the performance of eight of Kraftwerk’s iconic albums, as well as a number of spectacular 3D effects. The event, the band’s first London show in nearly a decade, was eventually reproduced on Kraftwerk’s larger world tour that extended into 2014.

Now, BBC Four, a TV channel operated by the BBC, has turned that historic residency into a documentary called Kraftwerk: Pop Art. In addition to four tracks from the Computer World-designated night at Tate, the 60-minute program promises new interviews, old archived footage, portions of Ralf Hütter’s last known filmed interview, live audio from the band’s original 1981 Computer World tour, and a rare video of Kraftwerk playing as a trio. The documentary was compiled by Simon Witter, who previously produced similar projects on Queen, Freddie Mercury, and other British acts.

Kraftwerk: Pop Art is scheduled to air this Friday, January 30th on BBC Four. Below, watch a teaser clip.


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