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Prince Plans Deluxe Purple Rain Reissue, New Album In Warner Bros. Deal
Apr 18, 2014 9:48am | StereoGum

When Prince was one of the world’s biggest and greatest stars, he released all his music on Warner Bros. But in the early ’90s, Prince and the label fell out. For a while there, Prince was posing in photo shoots with the world “slave” written on his cheek, and as soon as he could, he left to start his own label. But now, Prince and Warner have a new deal that somehow works for both parties. Prince now owns all the masters for the songs he recorded back in the day, and he’s planning a deluxe, remastered 30th-anniversary reissue of Purple Rain. He’s also got a new album on the way, as well as “other planned projects.”

Listen To The Five Best Song This Week
Apr 18, 2014 9:45am | The Line Of Best Fit

As the onslaught of British bank holiday weekends begin, we’ve picked out the best new music from the last seven days so you don’t have to.

First up, 19-year-old MNEK unleashed his debut single, “Every Little Word”, and proved the hype was justified. Bad-ass basslines, soulful croons, mishmash electronic gloops and club-ready beats more than make the statement the South Londoner intended - “to change the world one song at a time”, that is. We’re ready and waiting.

Fresh from signing to Best Fit Recordings, Lucy Taylor aka Pawws dropped, “Sugar”, a glistening 80s pop-indebted song. Casting long shadows with shady synths over a fixed beat, Taylor’s quite literally sugared vocals stick to a roof of layered and twisted pop melodies. The title track from her long-awaited debut EP, “Sugar” is peachy pop – file next to Kylie.

It can be frustrating to hear thousands of bands trying and failing to create their own, strong brand of 90s dream pop/shoegaze. There’s nothing wrong with imitation (heck, what would music sound like today without a guiding hand of influences?) but they have to have that special something.

Premiere: Visual Album Stream Of Walking Shapes Taka Come On
Apr 18, 2014 9:30am | CMJ

NYC psychedelic garage band Walking Shapes dropped its debut album, Taka Come On, on No Shame last week. Not content to merely drop a few videos here and there, the band has pulled a Beyoncé and created a video for each song on their album. Today, we’re premiering that stream. Rather than separate each track from the next, the visuals blend together creating a dynamic, cinematic experience. The band told us more about the hour-long video:

Director Adam Wallace had been coming to the studio while we were tracking Taka Come On and was shooting photographs that were really capturing the vibe of what was happening. One day after looking at the images we were talking about how his shooting process is an exercise of capturing a feeling or a mood, not so much a narrative.

We decided to go with 8mm and black and white because of the nuances it naturally creates. Adam enlisted a cast of characters, friends from the band’s everyday lives, following around individual members to rehearsals, gigs at places like Baby’s All Right and throughout the city into the depths of subway. To give it that cadence of variance Adam also filmed modern and ballet dancers. We also sent him up in a chopper to give him the eye in the sky (copy that, NSA) view.

In other exciting Walking Shapes news, the band will play 24 shows in 24 hours on April 24. They’ll finish up a U.S. tour on April 23 in A...

Stream Pink Mountaintops Get Back
Apr 18, 2014 9:23am | StereoGum

Outside Love, the last album from Black Mountain frontman Stephen McBean’s Pink Mountaintops side project, was one of 2009′s best and most underrated rock albums, an endlessly warm and welcoming set of stoned, fuzzy campfire singalongs. Since that one dropped, McBean has relocated to Los Angeles, and that move might explain why the new Pink Mountaintops album Get Back is so different. The new one is heedless, flopsweat-drenched, cocaine-hangover California party-rock, with some truly appalling rap verses in there. It’s a weird album. We’ve heard the early tracks “North Hollywood Microwaves,” “Ambulance City,” and “The Second Summer Of Love,” and now the whole thing is streaming at Pitchfork.

Get Back is out 4/29 on Jagjaguwar.

School Of Seven Bells to reissue 'Put Your Sad Down' EP
Apr 18, 2014 9:16am | NME
The record was the last that late musician Benjamin Curtis worked on

Prince to release new album and reissue Purple Rain with Warner Bros.
Apr 18, 2014 9:01am | Fact Magazine

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The Purple One and Warner Bros. bury the hatchet, promise “veritable gold mine” of unheard music.

Busy times in Paisley Park: first Prince launched a new publishing company, and now he has signed a global licensing deal with Warner Bros. Records.

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” Prince said in a news release.

Covered in the deal are all of Prince’s albums, including a new one that has been rumored for some time now. In addition, Prince plans to release a digitally re-mastered deluxe version of Purple Rain to commemorate the album’s 30th anniversary, with other projects to follow.

Prince returning to Warner Bros. is quite a shock after their acrimonious relationship ended in the 1990s. Disappointed with the label, he released a series of albums in quick succession to get out of his contract, famously changing his name from Prince to the unpronounceable “love symbol” (hence “the artist formerly known as Prince”) and writing “slave” on his cheek during public appearances.

Stream Nochexxxs Court Dramatix EP, due out on Record Store Day
Apr 18, 2014 9:00am | Fact Magazine

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Dave Henson whips up an RSD exclusive.

Nochexxx just dazzled us with his Thrusters LP a collection of “real-deal mind-warping” psychedelia and he’s already back with another EP.

The Court Dramatix EP collects another five slices of weirdly wonderful fare, bounding from electro-funk to screwy rave tracks. It will be released as a limited white vinyl 12″ on Record Store Day, but you can stream it below.

Naturally, it was one of our top 20 RSD releases you should actually care about.

Fans launch Kickstarter to purchase Wu-Tangs Once Upon A Time In Shaolin
Apr 18, 2014 9:00am | Fact Magazine

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It’s not exactly that Aphex Twin one, though.

As previously reported, the Wu-Tang Clan’s The Wu Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be released as an edition of one, taken on an art tour, and sold to the highest bidder, and RZA says that they already have a $5 million bid.

Upset at the prospect of the album landing in the hands of “some Saudi oil baron’s kid,” some enterprising Wu-Tang fans have set up a Kickstarter with a goal of buying the album and sharing the music digitally.

“For all the fans who won’t be able to pay 30-50 bucks to listen to a double album in one sitting, let’s raise enough money to buy this album and then turn around and give it away for free,” they write. “Wu members can still get their CREAM and the rest of us get to enjoy an epic album instead of some uber rich bastard keeping it to himself like a collector’s item.”

You’ve got to admire their spirit, but the entire point of Once Upon A Time is to “put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music.” Would-be Kickstarter backers must think it’s a longshot, too: 299 backers have raised only $1,959 of their $5 million goal. But hey, they’ve go...

tix on sale: War on Drugs, Beirut, Fuck Buttons, Afghan Whigs, Eleanor Friedberger, Veruca Salt, The National & more
Apr 18, 2014 8:55am | Brooklyn Vegan

If you missed out on getting tickets for the Agalloch show at Irving Plaza during the Invisible Oranges presale, you can still get them in the general on-sale which starts today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Thievery Corporation show at new summer venue Pier 97 go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Steely Dan's Long Island and Atlantic City shows go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the "Star Talk Live" show at Beacon Theatre with Neil deGrasse Tysonat and Eugene Mirman go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Afghan Whigs and Charles Bradley show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Albert Hammond Jr. Northside Fest show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fuck Buttons Northside Fest show at Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Eleanor Friedberger Northside Fest show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The War On Drugs Northside Fest show at 50 Kent are on sale now.

Tickets for the Beirut Northside Fest show at 50 Kent are on sale now.

Tickets for the Andrew Jackson Jihad, Cheap Girls and Dogbreth show at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Wytches show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at n...

My First Vinyl: Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Power Rangers and many more
Apr 18, 2014 8:52am | Drowned In Sound

What was your first vinyl? That was the question we asked Drowned In Sound's multitude of music lovers in order to celebrate Record Store Day 2014.

We'd hoped for a few childhood tales of parental bonding and perusing through the Top 40 in Woolworths. What didn't expect was a slew of heartfelt anecdotes about the Power Rangers, picking A-level English over a Reuben instore gig and Lou Reed being near-on unlistenable... again.

Joy Division

Unknown Pleasures (Factory Records)

Okay, its an obvious one but ever so true. Having seen no need for vinyl (child of the CD age an all that) I ignored the medium until the day I saw THAT SLEEVE - jet-black with a shock of chaotic white beauty - staring out at me in Kingbee Records. I suddenly realised how much the artwork sucked you in with an LP, rather than being a downsized whimsy on CD. The minute I got it home and the bassline to Disorder jumped out of the speakers with a muscular, threatening power unlike anything Id heard before on a record I thought I knew intimately I fell madly in love. And seven years, 850 records and a significant bank-balance deficit later, I dont regret it for one second.
David Edwards

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band


My Dad gave me the Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live 1975-85 5LP boxset when I was about 16. Claiming that I would neve...

The Faint Evil Voices Video
Apr 18, 2014 8:42am | StereoGum

12 years ago, Omaha synth-punkers the Faint played one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, so it warms my heart that they’re still whipping out supercharged new wave. The band just released the new album Doom Abuse, and we’ve posted their “Help In The Head” video, as well as their new tracks “Salt My Doom” and “Dress Code.” Director Nik Fackler’s new video for their “Evil Voices” is an intense, hyperactive, violent affair: The band plays in a room somewhere, some guy slowly gets his face peeled off, a lady smashes something over another lady’s head. But it’s all edited into such a digitally-distorted blur that it’s hard to tell what’s happening at any given moment. Check it out below.


Macabre rap, skewed electronics and trap music: the weeks best mixtapes and free mixes
Apr 18, 2014 8:36am | Fact Magazine

Listening to the deluge of mixtapes and free mixes from hip-hop artists and electronic producers alike is often an insurmountable task. Thats why we scour Datpiff, LiveMixtapes and beyond, separating the wheat from the chaff each week.

Southern hip-hop had a major week, with Brick Squad-styled tapes from Atlanta and elsewhere. Xosar keeps things weird, and if you’re looking for something post-punk, post-Drake or post-Yeezus, we’ve got you covered.

Use your keyboards arrow keys or hit the prev / next arrows on your screen to turn pages (page 1/11)

Torres releasing a Record Store Day split 7" with Motel Beds and Kelley Deal, playing Glasslands
Apr 18, 2014 8:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

Torres at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Alt-folk singer Torres is one of the many musicians with a release planned for this year's Record Store Day (Saturday, 4/19). She contributes the new song "The Harshest Light" to a split with Ohio indie rock band Motel Beds whose contribution, "Tropics of the Sand," features vocals from indie legend Kelley Deal of The Breeders. You'll have to wait til RSD to hear the Torres song, but you can listen to the Motel Beds/Kelley Deal song (via Stereogum) below.

That split is coming out via Misra Records, who also release the Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy compilation on 12" vinyl for RSD with tracks by Kelley Deal's R. Ring, Motel Beds, Phosphorescent and more. Tracklist for that one, and album artwork for both RSD releases, below.

The currently Brooklyn-based Torres also has an upcoming show here happening on May 6 at Glasslands with Young Unknowns, Eastern Midwestern and Photo Ops. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream, tracklist, and artwork below...

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Prince to reissue Purple Rain for 30th anniversary, promises veritable goldmine of unheard music
Apr 18, 2014 8:18am | Cosequence Of Sound

For the last few months, Prince has been teasing the release of a new full-length album titled PLECTRUMELECTRUM. Turn out that’s just one of many projects the Purple One has in store for 2014.

Today, Warner Bros. Records announced a new agreement with Prince “that will see the release of long-awaited, previously unheard music, while giving the artist ownership of the master recordings of his classic, global hits,” according to a press release. The deal also gives Warner Bros. licensing for every album released between 1978 and the 1990s.

The first release stemming from this partnership with be a digitally remastered, deluxe reissue of Prince’s seminal album Purple Rain, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. Other planned projects will follow soon after, the press release adds.

(Read: Prince played a surprise show in New York City this morning. It didn’t end till 6am.)

Below, listen to Prince’s latest single, “FALLINLOVE2NITE”, featuring Zooey Deschanel.

Sun Kil Moons Mark Kozelek announces Live at Biko
Apr 18, 2014 8:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Mark Kozelek just released Benji, his sixth record under the moniker Sun Kil Moon, earlier this year. And while that bleak but beautiful album is still burning warmly in our ears, Kozelek has announced a new live album under his given name.

Due out July 1st on Calo Verde, Live at Biko was recorded during an April 6th gig in Milan, Italy. The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises Ålesund” and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek’s collaboration with The Album Leaf’s Jimmy Lavalle. You can listen to the live version of Benjis “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes” over at Pitchfork and find the full tracklist below.

Live at Biko Tracklist:
01. Gustavo

02. I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same
03. I Love My Dad
04. Dogs
05. Micheline
06. Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes
07. Alesund
08. Hey You Bastards I’m Still Here
09. Sunshine in Chicago<...

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