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Joey Bada$$ Backstage with Best Fit
Nov 28, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Brooklyn hip-hop sensation behind the scenes in London by Siamak Amini.>

Listen: Corbu - Promise Me
Nov 28, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Brooklyn's Corbu give us "Promise Me", a beautiful, melancholy affair to give your Black Friday a tinge of blue.>

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is recording an R&B album
Nov 28, 2014 3:31am | Fact Magazine

The race champ seems to have caught the pop bug from his Pussycat Doll girlfriend.

Lewis Hamilton has said spends as much time working on his music as he does preparing for races these days, though it doesn’t seem to have affected his performance on the track  he won his second world championship in Abu Dhabi last week.

The Formula 1 driver is apparently working on his debut album at every opportunity. “I have been writing a lot, even on race weeks,” he told BBC Radio 1′s Newsbeat. “When I was in Japan, I was in the studio, Monday to Wednesday. Then, Thursday to Sunday, I was racing. Then I was straight back in the studio.”

The wannabe R&B singer says he’s influenced by the “great greats” like Michael Jackson, Prince, Jay Z and, er, Irish rock wimps Kodaline.

“At the moment music is just a hobby, but I’m very serious about it,” he said. I built the [home] studio for Nicole, so she didnt have to leave the house to go back to LA, and now she can hardly get in because Im always in it.”

As the Guardian points out, Hamilton has been recording songs since at least 2013, when he began writing material with pop singer-songwriter Angel. ”He’s a proper singer,” said Angel in an interview at the time, praising Hamilton’s “smooth vocal”. ”Its a r...

Alex G: Im not trying to be this bedroom guy
Nov 28, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
We catch up with the internet's best kept secret to talk the impeccable DSU, growing up in Philly, and ruling the alt-world from his bedroom.>

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Im In Your Mind Fuzz
Nov 28, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Australian gang of psych-rockers barge into your head-space and proceed make themselves at home without taking their shoes off and making a fair bit of a mess in the process.

Julia Holter with Stargaze in Berlin
Nov 28, 2014 3:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The experimental singer and Berlin-based collective rehearsing in Berlin.>

Yo La Tengo - Extra Painful
Nov 28, 2014 2:15am | Drowned In Sound

Theres little doubting that, when they look back at the music of the Nineties in years to come, indie rock will dominate discussions. Theres also a good chance that one particularly noteworthy group from Hoboken, New Jersey will get largely overlooked, because they usually do.

Never a genuine mainstream proposition, despite an arsenal of highly accessible tunes, Yo La Tengo have been plying their trade now for 30 years, combining wild psychedelic rambling with pop hooks and gentle lullaby-like ambience. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a band built around a husband and wife (guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley), Yo La Tengos music has always had an intimate vibe to it. Listening to the groups records feels a little like eavesdropping on a private performance, whilst going to see the trio (rounded off by bassist James McNew, present since 1991) live often feels more like spending an evening with old friends than it does your standard rock gig.

No record the band has released better captures the intimacy of the bands sound than 1993s Painful. At times quiet and unassuming, at others dominated by Iras wailing guitar, its this album that has been reissued as the band turn 30. If its not the jewel in the crown that is their discography then thats only because 1997s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is slightly more diverse, and thus perhaps more representative of their career as a whole.

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Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly, Nerve Net, Neroli, The Drop (expanded editions)
Nov 28, 2014 2:09am | Drowned In Sound

Peacock-feathered Priapus who out-weirded (and out-shagged) Bryan Ferry in Roxy Music; real-life model for Jack Fairy, the glam enchanter of Velvet Goldmine; 'bomb-noise'-maker on Nicos bleakest album; soundscaper of The Best Album of the 1970s © P4K; honorary krautrocker (with Cluster and Harmonia); Oblique Strategist integral to U2s best albums, Talking Heads most futuristic, Jamess most mournful, Slowdives most spacious; English Oulipean bringing process-driven art to electronica, and electronica to gallery spaces; composer of the Most-Frequently-Heard-Melody-in-Human-History (maybe).

Since the Seventies, Brian Eno has been everywhere and nowhere; a Renaissance Man who directly influenced many of the biggest artists and indirectly influenced countless others through his high-profile productions. Thing is, theres a widespread misconception that his own albums tumbled into mediocrity and/or predictability well before the Nineties, with the David Byrne collaboration My Life in the Bush with Ghosts (1981) his last truly essential release, and a landmark for Intelligent Dance Music. The facile assumption is that the Ambient series (whether composed or produced by Eno) had exhausted most possibilities.

This series of Eighties and Nineties re-releases challenges that misconception, and with an albums worth of bonus material attached to each, its as easy to compile your own alternative Eno albums as it is to make in...

Cool Ghouls - A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
Nov 28, 2014 2:00am | Drowned In Sound

"Do you let your hair grow long, do you wear a tie?" enquires the opening gambit of 'New Moon', the sprawling penultimate number on A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye. And with it the antithesis of Cool Ghouls ethos is namechecked.

With the psych rock resurgence showing no sign of grinding to a halt just yet, this San Francisco based quartet are one of its more recent additions. Throwing reference points from the Sixties onwards around like confetti at a wedding, Cool Ghouls describe themselves as natural heirs to the artists that preceded them rather than a retro act stuck in the past. Which is just as well because parts of A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye have as much in common with alt country acts like My Morning Jacket and Band Of Horses as any predetermined notion of what psychedelia is meant to sound like in 2014.

Already championed by Tim Cohen from fellow Californians The Fresh & Onlys, Cool Ghouls follow a similar lineage to the one trodden by other local heroes Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. The main difference being Cool Ghouls tend to operate on the mellow side of the fence rather than the caustic one occasionally breached by the aforementioned. Perhaps the closest comparators from the new psych brigade would be Allah Las - in particular the stylish three-way vocal harmonies of guitarists Ryan Wong and Pat McDonald alongside bass player Pat Thomas that punctuate every piece of the record.</...

Lawrence English, Efdemin, Monolake and more interviewed for book on the resurgence of vinyl
Nov 27, 2014 11:29pm | Fact Magazine

Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age focuses on the Berlin house and techno scene.

Dominik Bartmanski and Ian Woodward, a pair of music-obsessed sociologists, have written a book that explores the unlikely renaissance of vinyl in a world of increasing digital convergence. Bartamanski and Woodward examine why vinyl, a format previously abandoned by the music industry, has experienced a rebirth in recent years.

As part of their research, the pair interviewed DJs, musicians, collectors, label heads and record store owners in London, New York, Tokyo, Melbourne and Berlin. According to Bartamanski, “The book focuses on the Berlin house and techno scene,” primarily artists within the Berghain/Panorama Bar/Ostgut Ton axis.

Among those interviewed for the book were house and techno artists Efdemin, Monolake, Wolfgang Voigt, nd_baumecker and The Analogue Cops. Lawrence English, the expert sonic provocateur behind FACT’s recent Beginner’s Guide to Field Recording, was also consulted.

Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age will be available from January 29.

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What's going on Friday? (Bob Dylan, DFA1979, Quintron, College, Rhys Darby, George Clinton, Hooded Fang, #RSDBF)
Nov 27, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

DFA 1979 at FFF 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he's still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he's on a tour which begins a five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight.

Death From Above 1979, Biblical @ Terminal 5
Returning 10 years after their debut album, DFA1979 are still partying like it's 2004 with their fuzzy brand of drums-and-bass.

Quintron's Weather Warlock w/ Sean Lennon, Steve Shelley, Nels Cline & more @ Secret Project Robot
Speaking of party machines, Quintron is playing this special show featuring his self-designed piece of equipment (the "Weather Warlock") that makes sounds based on atmospheric conditions. He's got a host of guests helping him out for this show.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King Blues Club
The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic pushed the boundaries of rock, soul, funk and psychedelia on their classic early '70s albums, and they're still at it. This week saw the release of First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, the first Funkadelic record since 2008.

College, Eno @ Highline Ballroom
French electronic musician Coll...

Photos: Arca live at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Nov 27, 2014 10:09pm | Fact Magazine

The young Venezuelan captivated the audience with his first performance of his mind-bending new live show, and had Bjork cheering on from the sidelines.

Arca, the emerging producer whose boundary-pushing creations got him hired by Kanye West and Bjork, debuted his highly anticipated live show at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts last night. Backed with enthralling visuals from frequent collaborator Jesse Kanda, Arca’s live show was like an hour-long Rorschach test that confronted your preconceived notions of identity, gender, and sexuality.

Wearing black, sequinned, thigh-high gogo boots, a pleated schoolgirl skirt and a bra, the young artist performed an hour of original material, singing and dancing against a backdrop of highly sexual and grotesque imagery. Bjork, who has enlisted Arca to co-produce her next album, bounced up and down with excitement at the conclusion of the show.

Check out Arianna Power’s photos over the next 20 pages or head to FACT’s Instagram for exclusive video footage of the event.

Arcas debut album Xen is out now on Mute hear the lead track, Thievery and read Maya Kalev’s review of the album.

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As of tonight, Lil B follows 1 million people on Twitter
Nov 27, 2014 7:30pm | Fact Magazine


Rap space cadet and occasional shirtless lecturer Lil B now follows a massive one million people on Twitter. The self-professed Based God announced his plans on the social network earlier today, proclaiming: LIL B will be the first and is making history today!! He will successfully followed [sic] 1 million select people with his hands no bots Lil B.

The absurdly prolific rapper has taken fan interaction to a new extreme, individually selecting more than one million users to follow on the social network. To put it in perspective, Lil B counts 950,000 of his own followers.

Everyone that i follow should feel extremely lucky and proud, choosing 1 million people i wanted to follow and by hand i did that, he tweeted. Thank you, Based God.

Stream: Wu-Tang Clans new album A Better Tomorrow
Nov 27, 2014 6:08pm | Cosequence Of Sound

After months of infighting and feuding, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan settled their differences and announced a new album called A Better Tomorrow in celebration of their 20th anniversary. In anticipation of its December 2nd release, the album is streaming in full.

For several months, Wu-Tang founders RZA and Raekwon feuded over the direction of the album. Raekwon said Wu-Tang had been compromised by RZAs creative vision for the record, which he referred to as mediocre and out of touch with the state of current hip-hop. He also insinuated that there were contractual issues that prevented him from moving forward. Fortunately, the duo eventually settled its difference and came to a truce.

The album is preceded by four singles, “Keep Watch”, “Ron O’Neal”, “Ruckus in B Minor”, and “Necklace”. Pre-orders are ongoing.

Additionally, Wu-Tang will soon unveil a second album. Dubbed The Wu Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the unique, one-of-a-kind LP has been in development for nearly 20 years, a project thought up by RZA as a way to re-establish music as a highly-prized piece of art. The plan is to put the album on exhibit at museums around the world before selling it off to the highest bidder.

A Better Tomorrow Tracklist:
01. Ruckus in B Minor
02. Felt
03. 40th Street Black / We Will Fight

Stream Wu-Tang Clans new album, A Better Tomorrow, in full
Nov 27, 2014 4:50pm | Fact Magazine

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The first Wu-Tang Clan album in seven years is finally here.

The Clan celebrated Thanksgiving by sharing a stream of A Better Tomorrow ahead of the albums release on December 2.

The road to completion for the album has been a long one, with struggles between members over the direction of the group taking place and Wu capo RZA estimating that he may lose up to half a million dollars on the project.

All 9 core members are present on the album, with RZA handling the bulk of the production. Rick Rubin and Wu-Tang affiliates Mathematics and 4th Disciple also contributed beats.

You can stream A Better Tomorrow in full below. Head over here to read FACT’s review of the album.

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