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Shinobu release third single from new LP, "Jokes" (listen)
Nov 21, 2014 11:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

As discussed, Shinobu are releasing their fifth album, 10 Thermidor, on January 9 via Really Records and Lauren Records, and have been releasing a new single for every $1,000 raised in the presale. They've now reached a new milestone and are ready to put out the third single, "Jokes," which is making its premiere in this post. While the other two singles had a '90s indie rock vibe, "Jokes" is under a minute and a half of '80s-style hardcore which Shinobu does just as convincingly as their other stuff.

Once the pre-orders hit the next $1,000 milestone, they'll release a free download of the album via Quote Unquote Records. Listen to the new song below...

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Q&A: Wiener Records Danny Gonzalez
Nov 21, 2014 11:24am | CMJ

Danny Romero

With the cassette trend not receding, Burger Records spreading its gospel far and wide, bands making their own to giveaway at shows, and Wiener Records coming along (via Burger) to be a full-on cassette label, well we felt some sober clarification was in order. So we dialed up Danny Gonzalez from Wiener Records to explain the appeal of those plastic things and clue us to the future of Wiener Records.
First, a quick history of Wiener Records—when/where/why/how it started, where you’re currently based, etc. And clear this one up for me: is Wiener now officially Burger’s cassette label?
Actually, Burger and Wiener are two different labels, but one in the same! Subsidiary, little brother, call it what you will. The idea was that there were so many good bands inquiring about Burger, they didn’t have the time or resources to put them all out. So that’s where Sean and Lee got the idea. The band would pay for the pressing and we would take care of the rest. They couldn’t all be Burgers, but everyone’s a Wiener!

Do you share offices with Burger?
Kinda! We store all of the Wiener tapes at the Burger shop, and I’ll do some light packing there, but I do most of my work from home/day job. I test semi-conductors in a lab all day, so in order for us not to fall asleep, they let us bring in our laptops. Most Wiener work is done with the constant hum of giant...

Smashing Pumpkins premiere new song Drum and Fife listen
Nov 21, 2014 11:18am | Cosequence Of Sound

Billy Corgan has unveiled yet another song off The Smashing Pumpkins forthcoming album, Moments To An Elegy, ahead of its December 9th release. Entitled “Drum and Fife”, its a melodic, yet rallying rocker led by the wispy fluttering of a fife and an especially tenacious Corgan singing, “You gonna listen now to me” and “I will bang this drum to my dying day.” Thats the tracks amazing artwork above, which, as Alternative Nation points out, features a big-cheeked, baby Corgan well … drumming to his dying day. Listen to “Drum and Fife” below.

For more from the album, check out “Being Beige”, “One and All”, and “Tiberius”.

Monuments To An Elegy Tracklist:
01. Tiberius
02. Being Beige
03. Anaise!
04. One and All (We Are)
05. Run2Me
06. Drum + Fife
07. Monuments
08. Dorian
09. Anti-Hero

YouTube Music Awards Will Return Next Year
Nov 21, 2014 11:15am | StereoGum

YouTube inaugurated its Music Awards show last year but took a hiatus in 2014 after experiencing minimal viewership. Today, YouTube announced that the show will return in 2015 with a new priority: to make music “the headline act.” It seemed like an overwhelming feeling of discomfort was the headliner last year (Chris described the show as a “total faceplant”), so let’s hope for a new approach in 2015. Rolling Stone reports that YouTube will create a new Awards Channel in anticipation of the show that will feature new videos throughout December, but the channel doesn’t appear to be available quite yet. More information about the 2015 awards will be revealed in January. Check out our 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards.

The Smashing Pumpkins Drum + Fife
Nov 21, 2014 11:07am | StereoGum

Earlier this week, the Smashing Pumpkins released the fantastic “Tiberius,” the third single from their upcoming Monuments To An Elegy. As far as I’m concerned, that song was the single best thing Billy Corgan has done since Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. (IMO, the first two Monuments singles, “Being Beige” and “One And All,” were “so-so” and “quite good,” respectively.) Now they drop another, “Drum + Fife,” which is not on the level of “Tiberius,” but is at least as good as “One And All.” The cover art is a photo of a very young Billy Corgan (13 months old, if both his Wikipedia-reported age and the timestamp on the image are accurate). That was maybe the last time he played drums, right? Tommy Lee does the honors on the track; I’m not sure who’s playing the fife here (yes, there is a fife here), but knowing Billy Corgan, I’m gonna guess it’s … Billy Corgan. Listen.


Oh Look, It Stopped Snowing: Interpol Gives First Interview About #Winterpol
Nov 21, 2014 10:54am | StereoGum

Interpol survived Buffalo’s insane snowstorm and lived to tell about it. As reports, guitarist Daniel Kessler spoke to KROQ’s Kevin & Bean about being trapped on a tour bus for 50+ hours amidst more than six feet of snowfall in western New York. Kessler explained that at first he mistakenly believed the tour bus was halted because of border-crossing issues:


This Weeks 5 Best Songs: Pusha T, Carl Didur and more
Nov 21, 2014 10:54am | Chart Attack
Are there new projects from Last Lizard and Pusha T on the way? Is there a better synthsayer in Toronto than Carl Didur? This week's 5 best songs refuse to answer, and we can't get them to talk.

Pusha T, "Lunch Money"

"The hook that opens Pusha T's new out-of-nowhere single shows he's not eager to drop the dope boy theatrics, nor the adventurous sonics, which Kanye West's bubbling mothership samples provide in droves. But the song is not about a bully's triumph or wrongheaded entitlement, as much as it represents a path to thriving when all the most "noble" routes are blocked."

Last Lizard, "Dickie's Theme"

"Fans (including us) mourned when Alex Zhang Hungtai announced the dissolution of Dirty Beaches, his shape-shifting, distressed highway lo-fi project. ...The wandering and gloomy nature of his new Last Lizard songs strike a familiar note to his final DB album, the instrumental Stateless."

Sleigh Bells feat. Tink, "That Did It"

"Rising rapper Tink glides into the formula easily, her rapping cadence harmonizing with Krauss's feathery melodies. And thanks to Tink's off-the-cuff mic test that forms the hook, she brings the group back to the impulsiveness that defined their earliest material."

Marissa Nadler, "Pitseleh" (Elliot Sm...

Couch Slut celebrating 'My Life As A Woman' at Acheron this weekend w/ Ora Iso & more (stream their LP)
Nov 21, 2014 10:49am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

NYC's Couch Slut have only been around for about a year but have quickly been leaving their mark on the local heavy scene. Their debut album, My Life As A Woman (that's the awesome cover art above), came out last month via Handshake Inc and is streaming below. It's kinda metal, kinda hardcore, and kinda noise rock. If you're into all three of those things, this album is definitely for you. But if say you're 100% not a metalhead, but you are into early Sonic Youth, there's plenty you'd dig here too. Needless to say, the album is heavy as all hell, though parts of the post-rocky "Rape Kit" are downright pretty. It's a diverse listen and only six songs -- check it out.

Couch Slut's official release show for the new album happens in their hometown on Sunday (11/23) at Acheron with Derek Reinhardt (of A Guide To Rational Living), Ora Iso and 1MITATOR. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.

If you're headed to that show, it's also worth catching fellow Brooklynites Ora Iso, who put out their debut album, Bathcat, last month on Ba Da Bing. It's less heavy than Couch Slut, but a good pairing with its doomy, droning atmospheres and a similarly commanding vocalist. Check out two tracks from that below.

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Nov 21, 2014 10:42am | Fact Magazine

Available on: Stereotypes Music / Mass Appeal

DK3 is an oddity of a record: a comeback album by a non-existent group. Messy drama seems to be an immutable law of every girl group journey, but Danity Kane have set new standards in it. Their first incarnation – formed on TV, disbanded on TV – lasted from November 2005 to January 2009. Their second was a member down before it even began, with D. Woods mysteriously not being invited to reunion talks; preceded its first official single with the loss of another member, Aundrea Fimbres quitting mid-tour; and culminated 15 months in with an alleged mid-meeting punch-up and subsequent accusations of band members sneaking into the studio to remove other members’ vocals. Only the Sugababes could have trumped this.

Unlike the Sugababes’ own reformation, Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Danity Kane Mk II have at least managed to release the album they recorded before the final implosion, whether by contractual obligation or genuine generosity towards the small but vocal online niche of pop fans who willed the comeback into being. The surprise is how terrific it is. Not that there isn’t past form here: Danity Kane’s previous two albums, particularly 2008′s Danja-fuelled Welcome To The Dollhouse, were masterclasses of sleek modern pop, and singer Dawn Richard’s solo career showcased an awe-inspiring artistic vision of singularly vast scope. (Pu...

New Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd albums soar on charts, while Nickelback bombs
Nov 21, 2014 10:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

It’s been a pretty pedestrian year for rock music in general, but the last two weeks have seen three of the genre’s biggest bands return with new albums. On November 10th, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd released Sonic Highways and The Endless River, respectively, while Nickelback dropped No Fixed Address on November 21st.

Despite lukewarm reviews for both their albums, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd performed admirably on the charts. Going up against Taylor Swift, whose 1989 hit No. 1 for the third week in a row, Sonic Highways finished in second place. The Foo’s eighth LP debuted with 190,000 copies sold, an impressive total for sure, but well short of the 325,000 copies the band’s previous album, Wasting Light, sold in its first week back in 2011.

The Endless River, Pink Floyd’s first album in 20 years, debuted at No. 3 on the charts having sold 170,000 copies. It’s the bands 10th top 10 album to date. Their previous LP, 1994′s Division Bell, sold 465,000 in its opening week.

The news isn’t so good for Nickelback, however. The band has long managed to perform well commercially despite being the butt of jokes for music critics. However, it appears public opinion may finally be turning on Chad Kroeger and co., as No Fixed Address is on track to sell between 60,000 – 65,000 albums in its...

This Weeks 5 Best Music Videos: Belle And Sebastian, Iceage and more
Nov 21, 2014 10:38am | Chart Attack
This week's 5 best music videos prove you can never have too much alien strip club moves, daydreams of royalty, or lovingly designed 3D dolls.

Belle And Sebastian, "The Party Line"

"This new video from Belle And Sebastian, patron saints of Glasgow cardigan pop, is shot at the Great Hall in Toronto. And, surprise surprise, I do recognize a few of those bangs and glasses. Turns out some of my friends were born to star in Belle And Sebastian videos."

Now read this: Our interview with director Scott Cudmore. And our review of lead singer Stuart Murdoch's feature directorial debut, God Help The Girl.

Angel Olsen, "Windows"

"[Rick Alverson] takes us on a journey of domestic interiors, gorgeously considered and composed down to Olsen's wordless performance as an unsatisfied parent."

Now watch this: Alverson's art school torture in his video for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "From The Sun." Then, see his film The Comedy, one of the best films of 2012.

Clark, "Winter Linn"

"The visuals are a bit of a throwback, like the spinning contents of museum display case rendered in 3D. But add the footage of exploding humanoid mist plus 2001's Space Baby, and you have eno...

Watch A Clip From The Documentary R.E.M. By MTV
Nov 21, 2014 10:25am | StereoGum

MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.’s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M. By MTV, and today the band shared a five-minute clip from the film that discusses the succession of health problems that befell the band during their tour for 1994′s Monster. The documentary airs tomorrow on VH1 Classic and Palladia, but you can watch drummer Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe discuss what sounds like a fairly horrific tour below.


Perfume @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC 11/15/14
Nov 21, 2014 10:20am | StereoGum

Japanese pop artists rarely come to the US. So when Perfume — the female vocal trio who’ve spent the last decade embodying a unique and amazing techno-pop sound and visual presentation, rising to J-pop prominence in the process — announced that they’d be playing Hammerstein Ballroom (as well as L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium), the response from their US fan base was, basically, hysteria.


Rhyton released 'Kykeon,' playing shows (dates & streams)
Nov 21, 2014 10:19am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Rhyton returned this week with their newest album, Kykeon, on Thrill Jockey. Made up of three great players in the Brooklyn experimental scene -- David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of No Neck Blues Band), Rob Smith (of Pigeons) and Jimy SeiTang (ex-Psychic Ills) -- Rhyton are well equipped to take on ideas as ambitious as the ones on Kykeon. Of its six songs, four pass the seven-minute mark and only one is under four, and they're all instrumental passages through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. In terms of other modern stuff, Grails comes to mind as a comparison, and fans of that band would likely dig this. But really any fans of tripped-out extended jams should check this out. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify and stream one track below.

At the moment, Rhyton have four shows scheduled including one in Hudson, NY tonight (11/21) and two upcoming dates in their hometown of NYC. The first is this Sunday (11/23) at Trans-Pecos with Fadensonnen (with special guests Chris Pitsiokos, Jim Sauter, Kevin Shea and Brian Sullivan) and Key of Shame (also No Neck-related). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Their next local show happens December 10 at Union Pool with two other local psych bands, Weird Owl and Prince Rupert's Drops (tix at door).

All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...

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And this one timethe best Bandcamp releases of the month: November 2014
Nov 21, 2014 10:15am | Fact Magazine

In his regular column for FACT, writer Laurent Fintoni tackles Bandcamp, a platform that allows artists to sell music direct to fans, and which, more than ever, is becoming a go-to site for both independent musicians and independent music fans. Each month, hell pick out some of the months best and most interesting releases from the platform.

As we roll into the end of the year, we have a couple of unintentional themes running through this months column. The first one is death, with songs inspired by New York Times obituaries and a free release of moody instrumentals from the internet ether; and the second is Middle East fundraising from Germany, with a compilation of instrumentals in aid of ISIS refugees and experimental reworkings in support of an Iranian asylum seeker. Its not all doom and gloom though, as weve also got a pair of Detroiters passing themselves off as spies in Jamaica, wintery electronica and upbeat dance from Tokyo, and introspective breaks from Los Angeles.

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