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Watch Wu-Tang Clan cause a Ruckus In B Minor on David Letterman
Nov 26, 2014 1:09am | Fact Magazine

The legendary group performed the latest single from new album A Better Tomorrow.

Wu Tang Clan’s new LP hits shelves on Tuesday of next week. Ahead of the album’s imminent release, the Staten Island ensemble dropped by The Late Show With David Letterman to perform their single ‘Ruckus In B Minor,’ a Wu posse cut produced by RZA and Rick Rubin.

It’s worth noting that a few key members were conspicuously absent, perhaps a reaction to RZA’s call for Wu disciples to “Go Vegan for A Better Tomorrow.”

Earlier this month we sent Brad Rose to a listening party for A Better Tomorrow to suss out the Clans new project find out what he made of the album here.

mp3: Chromatics Candy (8 track version) + Lady Night Drive
Nov 26, 2014 1:00am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Johnny Jewel unveils the original 8 track version of “Candy“, “recorded in a haze of nyquil & tequila”, as well as a beautifully seamless mashup/collision of two Chromatics classics:

Stream A$AP Fergs introspective Talk It, produced by Clams Casino
Nov 26, 2014 12:23am | Fact Magazine

A$AP Ferg gives a rare glimpse of his softer side.

The latest track from A$AP Ferg’s forthcoming Ferg Forever mixtape has surfaced, produced by Clams Casino. We’re used to seeing Ferg in full-on ‘Trap Lord’ mode, however in light of current events the A$AP Mob rapper has provided us with something different.

“All I ever wanted was a Clams Casino beat” repeats Ferg over the introspective beat, covering topics ranging from the Michael Brown verdict to his personal struggle with fame. Clams Casino creates another spacious and hazy instrumental that provides the perfect backdrop for Ferg’s reflections.

Stream ‘Talk It’ below. [via CoS]

What's going on Wednesday? (Interpol, Blonde Redhead, Bob Dylan, The Blind Shake, Kingdom, Avan Lava & more)
Nov 25, 2014 11:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Blind Shake at McCarren Park in June (more by PSquared)

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

Bob Dylan @ NJPAC
Bob Dylan begins his five-night Beacon Theatre run in two days, but ahead of that there's another chance to catch him not far from NYC tonight.

Interpol, Hundred Waters @ Terminal 5
Interpol may not change it up much on their new album, but if Interpol doing what Interpol does best is what you seek, you've probably already got tickets for tonight. It's the third of three shows, all of which were sold out. Make sure you don't miss Hundred Waters, whose layered art pop will be a great start to the night.

Blonde Redhead, VBA @ Bowery Ballroom
NYC indie greats Blonde Redhead have tackled dream pop, noise rock, synth pop and more in their 20+ year career, and returned this year with their ninth album, Barragán. Tonight's the second of three NYC shows on this tour, all with different openers. This one's got the rockin' VBA.

The Blind Shake, Wax Witches @ Baby's All Right
With a new album on Castle Face that is their rawest cut of animal beat garage proto-punk yet, The Blind Shake barrel into NYC for two shows. Tonight's the second.

Method Man, Redman, Berner, Mick Jenkins @ Best Buy Theater
While the new Wu-Tang Clan album comes out in less than a week, right now me...

Ariel Pink takeover: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
Nov 25, 2014 10:45pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

Frogs were omnipresent throughout the making of Pom Pom and so too in life where I come from. ‘Cane Toads’ depicts the everyday horror of life in Australia with frogs. It’s hard to imagine what growing up with wildlife such as Kangaroos, Drop Bears and Toads almost breathing down your neck was like, but in this Ozploitaition classic it’s quite accurately dramatized.Shags Chamberlain

Ariel Pink takeover: Supreme Dicks
Nov 25, 2014 10:11pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

John Shere of the band Supreme Dicks has been a friend of mine for many years, and I’ve seen the Dicks play live on a few occasions but until recently I never really appreciated how good their records are. I’ve been listening to them a lot lately, mostly their two full-length LPs from the mid-90′s, “The Unexamined Life” and “The Emotional Plague.”

Their sound is a sort of woozy, ephemeral psychedelia tinged with a desolate, creaky brand of melancholy. Most of their songs sound like a strong breeze might blow them away. The backbone of their sound is a distinct style of guitar interplay that is somewhere between a dramamine-addled Television and Pavement on the day they recorded the “Secret Knowledge of Backroads” Peel Session. If there was such a thing as a Supreme Dicks “single,” the song “Jack-O-Lantern” would probably be it, so that is the track I included here. Their records have aged extremely well, and their entire catalog was reissued by Jagjaguwar in 2011.Joe Kennedy

Ariel Pink takeover: Everybody Loves a Winner
Nov 25, 2014 10:00pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

Hartley sings, writes and plays various instruments including guitars, keyboards, drums, percussions, harmonicas, recorders, and wood flutes. He has developed his own musical style, Whopazootic Music, which bypasses the various known musical categories and utilises a broken rhythm derived from Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do.Tim Koh

Ariel Pink takeover: Oraison (1937)
Nov 25, 2014 9:30pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

Olivier Messiaen was one of the great composers of the 20th century, and is one of those people who led a life so unbelievably fascinating that it almost seems like it must have been fiction.

Blessed with the gift of synaesthesia, Messiaen experienced sounds as colors. He was also fascinated with birdsong, and often used melodies in his compositions that were borrowed from various bird species. He was so serious about birdsong that he became an ornithologist, traveling the world looking for exotic birds and their songs, which he would record and transcribe. He was kind of like a birdsong crate digger.

He was also a pioneer of electronic music; “Oraison” was perhaps the first piece of music ever written entirely for electronic instruments. It was written for six Ondes Martenots. The Martenot was an early synthesizer that had wonderfully expressive capabilities, notably a heartbreaking portamento sound that was more similar to a violin than to the continuous portamento of the Martenot’s close relative, the Theremin. “Oraison” is a hauntingly beautiful piece, insanely ahead of its time when you consider that it was written for the Paris World Fair of 1937. It wouldn’t sound out of place on a Boards of Canada record.

“Oraison” was later repurposed for one of Messiaen’s signature works, “Quator pour la Fin du Temps,” a chamber music piece which was composed by M...

The politician behind Sydneys controversial lockout laws has resigned from parliament
Nov 25, 2014 8:56pm | Fact Magazine

Barry O’Farrell has announced he will not recontest his seat at next year’s state election.

Former New South Wales Premier O’Farrell looks set to exit politics after almost two decades. The controversial politician was forced to resign from his position as State Premier earlier this year after being caught lying in a corruption inquiry. O’Farrell famously had a “memory fail” when denying the receipt of a $3000 bottle of prized Grange wine from an Australian water company. The politician yesterday confirmed rumours that he will not recontest his seat of Ku-ring-gai at next year’s state election.

O’Farrell spearheaded the implementation of the archaic Sydney lockout laws, which came into effect in February of this year. The restrictions ban patrons from entering any venues within the lockout zone (which encompasses almost the entirety of central Sydney’s nightclub hotspots with the exception of a large casino and the site of another one currently being built) after 1:30am and prohibits the sale of alcohol in venues after 3:00am, meaning most clubs can’t afford to keep their doors open after this time. There has also been a state-wide ban on bottle shops (AKA off licenses or liquor stores) remaining open after 10:00pm.

The laws have had extremely damaging effects on Sydney’s night-time economy and its nightclub scene with a number of venues both large an...

Troubled AC/DC Drummer Clowned Around In Court Today
Nov 25, 2014 8:46pm | StereoGum

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday morning in New Zealand to enter a plea on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. Rudd was late to court, which automatically meant the judge had to issue a warrant for his arrest that was rescinded after he arrived. While in court, Rudd “winked at the media, drummed a rhythm on the dock, then sped away from court in a black sports car,” according to The New Zealand Herald. There are also pictures of him jumping on his security guard’s back outside of the courthouse. Rudd entered a plea of not guilty on both charges. He is scheduled to come back to court on 12/2.


ASAP Ferg premieres new track Talk It produced by Clams Casino listen
Nov 25, 2014 8:40pm | Cosequence Of Sound

ASAP Ferg has built a reputation for himself over the past year with his hyper-violent rhymes and banging beats. But in light of current events, the Trap Lord gives us a rare glimpse into his somber side. Teaming up with producer Clams Casino, Ferg takes on police brutality and injustice with his latest single, “Talk It”.

“Talk It” opens with Ferg professing, “All I ever wanted was a Clams Casino beat to talk about oppression that’s repressing my peeps.” From there he reflects on listening to N.W.A.’s “Fuck The Police” in the car with uncle before transitioning to yesterday’s verdict in the Michael Brown shooting. His flow is steadier here than on his previous tracks, calmly delivering self-referential lines like “when they say Ferguson they ain’t talkin’ about me”. It’s a poignant and thoughtful moment for the Harlem MC, taking on a difficult issue with righteous composure.

Listen in below.

Ferg’s latest mixtape, Ferg Forever, comes out November 28th and will be available on DatPiff.

Ariel Pink takeover: Lipstick Montage
Nov 25, 2014 7:30pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

Michel Polnareff is one of my heroes. He is a true great with a heck of a life story. He is as grand and as glam as it comes. His body is made up of 60% hair and 40% sunglasses and he happens to be one of Ariel & Don’s heroes too, so we share a mutual love for The Permed Prince of Parisian Pop. SO much so, that when we were in Palm Springs last year, we were delighted to discover a Cafe that he frequented and (through some excellent sleuthing) proceeded to Celebrity Stalk our hero. After one member of our covert team (A Rad dude who shall remain nameless…) got cold feet and demanded (perhaps wisely) that I “get back in the van”, we decided that maybe Polnareff didn’t want to come for a jam down at The Ace.

More renown for his sparkling garage pop hits, Polnareff’s soundtrack work is unheralded but as good as any work he’s done. As you will hear here in ‘Lipstick Montage’ from The film ‘Lipstick’. The single ‘Lipstick’ is one of the first Disco hits. Side B is a Dark Avant-Garde / Proto Minimal-Synth exploration. ‘Lipstick’ is also the name of my favourite track from Pom Pom.Shags Chamberlain

Chance The Rapper and his band The Social Experiment share Sunday Candy
Nov 25, 2014 7:25pm | Fact Magazine

 The Donnie Trumpet-led quartet give the first taste of their forthcoming album.

The Social Experiment is a four-piece band comprised of Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox. The Social Experiment are about to release their debut album, Surf, and have just unveiled ‘Sunday Candy,’ the first track off the new LP.

Surf is led by the band’s trumpet player, the aptly-named Donnie Trumpet, who said of the album: “We’re working on all this music together, but this project in particular is a Donnie Trumpet project. My music, with their influence and ideas, plus us all coming up with crazy shit to do. But at the end of the day, it’s my directing.”

According to Trumpet, ‘Sunday Candy’ is “a great representation of [The Social Experiment's] collaborative efforts. It’s my curation, but then bringing it to the table with all these beautiful people and including them in their own way. Jamila sang on that hook, then I brought it to the collective. Peter added some great layers of texture and helped produce, Nate added a bunch of drums, tons of our friends from Chicago played instruments and added their ideas.”

You can stream Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment’s ‘Sunday Candy’ below.

[via The Fader]

A$AP Ferg Talk It (Prod. Clams Casino)
Nov 25, 2014 7:15pm | StereoGum

A$AP Ferg has shared another new track from his new mixtape Ferg Forever, which he’s recently revealed comes out on Black Friday. The track is called “Talk It” and was produced by Clams Casino, who Ferg shouts out in the first line: “All I ever wanted was a Clams Casino beat to talk about oppression that’s repressing my peeps.” Ferg addresses Ferguson and police brutality on the track. It’s a must listen, which you can do below.


Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Sunday Candy (With Chance The Rapper)
Nov 25, 2014 7:02pm | StereoGum

In his recent interview with Billboard, Chance The Rapper revealed that he had been working on a lot of different projects, one of which is an album called Surf with his band the Social Experiment. The group — which is made up of Chance, Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox — has shared the first track from that record, “Sunday Candy,” which is being released under the name Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. The track features vocals from Jamila Woods and carries over Acid Rap’s deep appreciation for gospel and soul. Talking to Fader, Donnie Trumpet (real name: Nico Segal) said of the release: “We’re working on all this music together, but this project in particular is a Donnie Trumpet project. My music, with their influence and ideas, plus us all coming up with crazy shit to do. But at the end of the day, it’s my directing.” Listen and read some more words from Donnie Trumpet below.


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