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Listen: Kanye West on Juan Epstein podcast
Dec 6, 2013 8:10am | Cosequence Of Sound
We’ve heard Kanye West talk a lot about his ambitions beyond music, but for those looking for nerdy rap talk, and only nerdy rap talk, check out his appearance on the latest episode of the Juan Epstein podcast. Hosted by Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds, the hour-long episode saw Kanye talk about his beginnings as a producer, his equipment preferences, meeting Michael Jackson and J Dilla, why he doesn’t care about radio music and more. Listen below.
Read Bonos Eulogy For Nelson Mandela
Dec 6, 2013 7:55am | StereoGum
For the entire time he’s been famous, U2 frontman Bono has been vocal in his support of the South African revolutionary turned president Nelson Mandela, and he worked closely with Mandela on various nonprofit initiatives in the later years of Mandela’s life. (Just this past month, U2 contributed the song “Ordinary Love” to the Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.) Yesterday, Mandela died at the age of 95. And amidst the global outpouring of appreciation that you’d expect, Bono has added his own voice, writing an eloquent Mandela eulogy for Time. In his piece, Bono focuses more on the work Mandela did toward the end of his life — working to limit poverty and AIDS in Africa — and on his personal bearing than on the already-mythic sacrifices that made Mandela a hero to so many. It’s a stirring piece of writing, and you can read it here.
tix on sale: Prince, Aretha Franklin, Action Bronson, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Rocket from the Crypt, Against Me, more
Dec 6, 2013 7:50am | Brooklyn Vegan
Tickets to the Prince shows at Mohegan Sun Arena go on sale today at 10 AM.
Tickets to see Band of Horses at Town Hall go on presale today at 10 AM (password: ACOUSTIC).
Tickets to see Xiu Xiu at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.
Tickets to see Action Bronson at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.
Tickets to the Aretha Franklin shows at Radio City Music Hall go on sale today at 11 AM.
Tickets to see Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.
Tickets to see Rocket From The Crypt at Bowery Ballroom and tickets to see them at The Bell House go on sale today at noon.
Tickets to see members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and others perform Gene Clark's No Other at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Tickets to the Sebadoh shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.
Tickets to see The Men at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.
Tickets to the Swearin' show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.
Tickets to see Against Me!, The Sidekicks and The Shondes at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the Cheap Time show at Mercury Lounge ...
Morrissey's 'Your Arsenal' to be reissued with live DVD
Dec 6, 2013 7:37am | NME
The singer's 1992 album has been remastered
Mandela lived a life without sanctimony: Bonos tribute to Nelson Mandela
Dec 6, 2013 7:36am | Fact Magazine
Bono’s charity work over the years has arguably scored him as much notoriety as his musical contributions.
It’s not surprising then that he has offered his thoughts (via Time Magazine) on the great African revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who tragically passed away yesterday. The U2 singer goes into great detail about not only Mandela’s struggle, but his ability to relate to people, making friends out of those who many others would cast aside. He remembers when Mandela told him how he roped famously tight ex-Prime Minister Margret Thatcher into donating £20,000 to the campaign (“I asked”) and how he had bridged the divide with the last President under apartheid F.W de Klerk (“Im having tea with him next week Hell be getting the bill.”).
Elsewhere Bono recounts how much difference Mandela had made in the fight to stop the spread of AIDS and HIV in Africa, and more recently the blight of poverty not only in his own country but across the world (“His role in the movement against extreme poverty was critical.”). It’s a touching memorial to a man who was, and no doubt remains one of our generation’s most crucial activists, and is well worthy of inspection. You can read the piece in full here.
Daft Punk & The Strokes' Julian Casablancas made a video for "Instant Crush" (watch)
Dec 6, 2013 7:31am | Brooklyn Vegan
Daft Punk just made a video for the Random Access Memories track "Instant Crush" which features Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas on lead vocals. He also appears in the video, and as does a replica of himself. Check it out below...
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Dr Dre and Kendrick Lamar preview new collaboration in Beats advert watch
Dec 6, 2013 7:24am | NME
The pair preview their new song in a commercial for portable speakers
Daft Punk unveil 'Instant Crush' video featuring Julian Casablancas watch
Dec 6, 2013 7:18am | NME
The Strokes frontman appears as himself and a puppet in the promo
End of Year Listageddon: 10 live sets that shook 2013
Dec 6, 2013 7:11am | Drowned In Sound
It's that time of year once more where reflection is the key as we look back over the past twelve months; where consideration is given to the good, great and not so good. Indeed, few could argue that 2013 has been a pretty sublime year for music in general. Records like Hookworms Pearl Mystic and These New Puritans Field Of Reeds confounding all expectations, the standard of releases in 2013 possibly usurping every other year so far this decade. But of course that's only a small part of being a committed, diehard music fan. Listening to records on repeat being one thing, going to see a show - sometimes several in one night - on average five times per week being another entirely.
So far this year; as I write this there's still another twenty-eight days to go; these ears and eyes have witnessed over 1500 live performances. Condensing that little lot into a final ten took an awful lot of soul searching and deliberation. Festival brochures revisited, photographs scoured, t-shirts and records purchased at some of the events in question pawed over. Did The Stone Roses "second coming" at Finsbury Park have the same impact as their inaugural return at Heaton Park a year earlier? Were The Rolling Stones finally worth the wait in seeing them play Glastonbury? Was My Bloody Valentine's return in support of long-awaited new album mbv as dramatic as those 2008 shows? T...
giveaway: Austin Psych Fest 2014 weekend passes
Dec 6, 2013 7:08am | Gorilla Vs Bear
The Austin Psych Fest just announced the incredible first group of bands playing next year’s fest, featuring the likes of Primal Scream, the Zombies, Black Lips, Oneohtrix Point Never, Liars, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan + many more, all at Austin’s scenic Carson Creek Ranch on the Colorado River in May 2013. Our friends at the fest have hooked us up with a pair of weekend passes to give away: to win, just like the fest on Facebook + tell us who you’re most excited about seeing OR who you’d like to see added to this year’s bill in the comments below, and I’ll pick a winner when the fest announces the next round of bands in early ’14. In the meantime, you can now grab weekend passes right here.
Tensnake announces debut album Glow; hear first single Love Sublime featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora
Dec 6, 2013 7:01am | Fact Magazine
The disco loving German details his first full-length.
Tensnake has unveiled ‘Love Sublime’, his collaboration with disco star Nile Rodgers and the first single from his forthcoming album, Glow.
The debut album from the producer born Marco Niemerski also features collaborations with Stuart Price (AKA Jacques Lu Cont), English soul singer Jamie Lidell, Aussie voice Jeremy Glenn and 19-year-old one-to-watch MNEK, plus several tracks featuring vocals from the Tasmanian-born, Berlin-based singer Fiora.
Niemerski described the collaboration with Rodgers as “very organic” earlier this year: “I just mailed him on Facebook. He replied about 10 minutes later, which I thought was amazing, and not what Id expected at all! We then met up for dinner at WMC and he was such a nice humble guy that we began making plans to work together. Both tracks we worked on are naturally very disco, I love it!”
‘Love Sublime’ is out March accompanied by remixes from Duke Dumont, Ewan Pearson and Le Youth. Glow follows a week later on March 10 on Virgin EMI.
Niemerski launched an offshoot of his Mirau label this summer, introducing his new True Romance imprint with a single of his own, ’58BPM’, which appears on...
Watch: Daft Punks full video for Instant Crush starring Julian Casablancas
Dec 6, 2013 6:51am | Cosequence Of Sound
The full video for Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush” has been revealed. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Steadfast Tin Soldier, it depicts the love affair between two inanimate statues in a museum: a solider who looks remarkably similar to track collaborator Julian Casablancas and a young farm girl. Watch below and also be on the lookout for the subtle Daft Punk reference at the 3:27 mark.
“Instant Crush” appears on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.
Stream the excellent remix-tape from Swedish producer Saturday, Monday
Dec 6, 2013 6:50am | The Line Of Best Fit
Following on from singles “Headshake”, “The Ocean” and “The Road” – rising Swedish producer Ludvig Parment impresses with a 40 minute mix featuring his own re-imaginings of fellow Swedes Little Dragon, Elliphant, Marlene and more.
Parment comments on the inspiration behind the mix: “The idea around this remix tape was to be able to make a body of work that could speak as a unit rather than trying to make really catchy 3-4 minute singles. In many ways, doing a continuous mix with no track separation arguably captures the feeling of a classic album before it got as easy to just choose one or a few tracks and put it in your playlist. This way I can attempt to tell a more dynamic story.”
“As for the remix subjects, many are people that I know personally, at least to some degree, and I feel that even though many of them make music that is very different from mine we all share some sort of spirit. As such it makes sense to me to connect these contemporary young Swedish acts as they tell a story about the actual Swedish music scene as it stands today.”
Opening with a truly inspired re-take of Marlene’s epic “Bon Voyage”, the tracks that follow – created prima...
Reissue label Light in the Attic opens record store in Seattle
Dec 6, 2013 6:44am | Fact Magazine
The ever-reliable crate-digging label Light in the Attic opens its first bricks-and-mortar shop in Seattle today (Friday 5).
Established in 2002, the label has made its name reissuing rare and hard-to-find releases (Rodriguez and PiL, for instance) as well as distributing albums for labels like horror soundtrack specialists Death Waltz. Most recently they put out a compilation of new age music, which FACT’s Joe Muggs hailed as “music to turn up loud and let overwhelm you”.
The label’s success recently necessitated a move to a larger warehouse in Ballard, a neighbourhood in the northwest of Seattle, where they’ve now set up a small shop.
“Weve always had a dream to open a retail space at the front of the office,” label co-founder Josh Wright told Seattle Weekly. Space constraints mean that not everything available online will be offered in the shop, but there will be an extensive selection of CDs and vinyl from Light in the Attic and other labels that they distribute, along with some in-store-only releases and exclusive 45s.
The shop at 913 N.W. 50th St. will be open Fridays from 15pm to start with. If you can make it to today’s opening from 4-9pm you’ll find free beer, a Thai food truck and giveaways, plus a live set from Kevin Murphy (of Moondoggies) and DJs Johnny Horn and Supreme ...
Warpaint reveal new track 'Biggy' listen
Dec 6, 2013 6:43am | NME
The song is the second to be taken from the band's self-titled new album
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