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South Africa: Jessica Mbangeni, Yolanda Yawa, Christian Tiger School, Beatenberg @ Hotel Chantelle: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 9:38am | CMJ

CMJ Music Marathon brought South Africa to New York City’s Hotel Chantelle with high energy sets from folk quartet Jessica Mbangeni, electro duo Christian Tiger School, singer Yolanda Yawa and rollicking pop group Beatenberg.

Photos by Richard Perkins and Elena Ruyter.

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Here are the 10 most expensive records sold on Discogs in the first half of 2014
Oct 22, 2014 9:29am | Fact Magazine

Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory

People pay crazy money for records.

Forking out a four digit figure for a record is a brave  and possibly stupid decision, but plenty of collectors are doing it, as this data from Discogs reveals. The table below reveals the 10 most expensive records sold through the online marketplace over the first half of 2014, and it’s eye-watering stuff.

Oddly enough, nine of the 10 records sold for exactly $1875, only topped by a 7″ Coil box set which was sold for a handsome $1889. Perhaps predictably, its mostly prog rock records of the ’70s and 80s that command such sky-high prices.

Check out details of that Coil record, too.

Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders)
(Threshold House, 1987)
Sold for $1889 on Discogs, February 2014

Limited edition of 55 numbered copies, the 7 box measures 36cm by and looks like a hardcover book with gold leaf print to sleeve & wax seal. It features a 7 of the album pressed on to clear vinyl and a 7 of the The Wheel/The Wheal pressed on black vinyl.

New Zealand: Popstrangers, Orchestra Of Spheres, Doprah, Chelsea Jade @ The Studio @ Webster Hall
Oct 22, 2014 9:28am | CMJ

Last night, some of New Zealand’s best and brightest pop artists took the stage at downtown Manhattan’s Studio at Webster Hall as part of CMJ Music Marathon 2014. First up was Auckland crooner Chelsea Jade, followed by insidious-synth poppers Doprah and costumed innovators Orchestra Of Spheres. Popstrangers, a group of New Zealand-born London residents, closed out the night with their ’80s indebted pop.

Photos by Conor Clancy, Andrew Nelson and Shawn Rose.

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Led Zeppelin unearth alternate version of Stairway To Heaven listen
Oct 22, 2014 9:17am | Cosequence Of Sound

On October 28th, Led Zeppelin will continue its year-long archival campaign by releasing deluxe reissues of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy. Similar to June’s reissues of the band’s first three studio albums, both records were remastered by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and come accompanied by a second disc of unreleased music.

Already we’ve heard a grittier version of Led Zeppelin IVs “Black Dog”, a stripped-down rendering of “The Rain Song” off Houses Of The Holy, and a decidedly gentler take of the Led Zeppelin IV jam “Rock and Roll”. Now comes a previously unheard mix of the band’s unequivocal signature song, “Stairway To Heaven”.

This specific mix was recorded during a week-long stay at Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound Recorders during the summer of 1971. This version of the normally mammoth rock anthem is a lot more nuanced, as the opening pipes feel less anthemic, the drums pound with reduced intensity, and the guitars have a much more distinct role. It’s subtle, but this new mix definitely emphasizes more of the song’s inherently romantic vibes. Listen to it below.

“It’s always interesting to hear stuff that you know really well and hear it differently, but the same,” bassist John Paul Jones told ...

FACT is looking for a US-based social media manager
Oct 22, 2014 9:12am | Fact Magazine

FACT is looking for a Social Media Editor.

Tweet in your sleep? Facebook know your personal life before you do? Maximize your advertising budget like a hyper-targeting ninja?

Were looking for a US based Social Media Editor, ideally in the PST time zone, to support our UK based Social Media Editor and our full-time global editorial team. If you think you’ve got what it takes, please read the requirements below and apply here.


Creative, multi-tasking self-starter and able to work remotely while tying in to the rest of our global team.
Results driven
Know how to significantly increase our targeted following across all our social channels globally while keeping our current readership engaged
Understand and be able to communicate in our brand tone of voice
Be passionate about music, particularly the kind of music we cover
Be able to analyse campaigns and translate anecdotal or qualitative data into recommendations and plans for revising social media campaigns
Demonstrate daily interest in using social media to build relationships and develop an audience
Be a forward-thinking problem solver, not shilling yesterday’s hackneyed advice as gospel: this includes being willing to pivot when necessary and not just following the same course every day
Be passionate about music, actively keep up with music and the music industry: reading music publicatio...

Ultimate Painting streaming debut LP, are here for CMJ, including three shows today (updated dates)
Oct 22, 2014 9:11am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Ultimate Painting, the band from Veronica Falls' James Hoare and Jack Cooper of Mazes, are here in NYC for CMJ and they've got a lot of shows while here. The band's eponymous debut album is out next week (10/28) on Trouble in Mind and is a great listen for a rainy day like we've got today in NYC: minimal guitar pop in the VU tradition that's mellow but not boring, and just sounds right. (That both Haore and Cooper are great songwriters helps a lot.) You can stream the whole thing (via Hype Machine) below.

One of our 20 Out-of-Town Bands to see at CMJ, you can catch Ultimate Painting a three times today: first at Baby's All Right's free "daycare" party today at 1:10 PM, then the free Kanine Records day party at Pianos (upstairs, 4:20 PM), and then at Knitting Factory at 7:30 PM with Reigning Sound, White Fence and more (tickets).

The best place to catch Ultimate Painting, though, might be at one of the two Trouble in Mind shows this week: Cake Shop on Wednesday night (10/23) and a free Rough Trade party on Saturday afternoon (10/25). Both shows feature fellow TiM bands Estrogen Highs, The Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, and Negative Scanner. For record nerds those shows will also feature a big Trouble in Mind merch table stocked with the label's catalog, t-shirts, and limited edition vinyl (like U...

Like your ambient with a touch of footwork? Stream the debut album by DJAO
Oct 22, 2014 9:10am | Fact Magazine

The Seattle producer-vocalist readies an eponymous debut.

DJAO (aka Alex Osuch) has long been associated with Portland’s Dropping Gems label/collective (a frequent cassette/Bandcamp round-up featuree). Osuch has re-teamed with the label for his self-titled debut, a deeply-personal “auditory narrative” that showcases his talent for crafting soundscapes (this time, featuring his vocals).

While largely ambient, DJAO introduces elements of jazz, footwork and even chopped-and-screwed music; Osuch cites inspiration from artists as varied as Brubeck and Benga.

DJAO will be released October 28 via digital retailers and Bandcamp, where limited edition cassette tapes will also be available. Until then, stream the album and read our enlightening interview with the producer below.

What inspired the album musically?

Musically, Id say it stems from a few key contemporary electronic records: James Blake, Toro y Moi’s Causers of This, and Shlohmo’s Bad Vibes. Other musical influences include memorable moments at live shows, DJ sets where I felt the crowd and the track were perfectly fit, and a lot of the older R&B and jazz I listen to. I work from an island of major influences surrounded by a bottomless ocean of smaller (and often unknown) influences, like anyone else, and thankfully I believe...

Taake Det Fins En Prins
Oct 22, 2014 9:08am | StereoGum

It’s been 19 years since Norwegian black metal legend Hoest changed his band’s name from Thule to Taake, and 15 years since Taake’s debut LP, Nattestid Ser Porten Vid, the first piece of a trilogy that would eventually include 2002′s Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik and 2005′s Hordalands Doedskvad: three albums that balance overwhelming harshness with amazing melodies. Throw in the occasional mouth harp or banjo solo, and that’s pretty much what Taake deliver every time out. Hoest releases a new Taake album every three years; he’s now released five such LPs, and they range in quality from “excellent” to “absolutely essential.” (Worth noting, too: His unhinged, flamboyant performance at Maryland Death Fest 2014 was one of the festival’s unequivocal highlights.) Taake’s last was 2011′s Noregs Vaapen, which means they’re due for a new one in 2014, and it looks like they’re JUST gonna make that deadline. Stridens Hus, Taake’s sixth full-length, will be out in December, but we’ve got a song from it to spin today. “Det Fins En Prins” is the third track on the upcoming album, and it’s pretty close to perfect: It mostly works within the long-established sonic parameters of True Norwegian Black Metal — hissed vocals, a blur of hyperspeed, tempo-shifting guitars and drums — but stacks every section with ...

SXSW announces first wave of artists for 2015
Oct 22, 2014 9:00am | Fact Magazine

The Austin industry festival returns for the 29th year.

The SXSW Music Conference and Festival will take place March 17-22, 2015, bringing with it the usual onslaught of artists, panels, press and fans that have overtaken Austin for almost three decades.

The festival has released its initial line-up. Among the usual indie guitar bands are up-and-coming rappers GoldLink, Que, and Bishop Nehru, FACT mixers suicideyear and Seven Davis Jr, and electropop act Lust for Youth; read the full line-up for more details.

FACT TV was on the ground at this years SXSW check out our interviews with Rome Fortune, Denzel Curry, ZMoney and more. Earlier this year, a report suggested that SXSW could abandon Austin after this year’s tragic events, which the festival quickly denied.

Bandit releasing debut LP on Broken Circles (stream a track)
Oct 22, 2014 8:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Nashville's Bandit have signed with Broken Circles who will release their debut LP, Of Life, on January 20. The new single, "Pushing," brings together late '90s/early '00s-style alternative rock, proggy riffs, and singer Angela Plake's powerful pipes. That track premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

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Andrew Bird & Nora OConnor Ill Trade You Money For Wine (Robbie Fulks Cover)
Oct 22, 2014 8:58am | StereoGum

Chicago’s Bloodshot Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the release of a compilation album that features bands covering songs by some of the artists that have been on the label’s roster, which includes Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Ben Kweller, and more. We’ve already heard Blitzen Trapper cover an Adams song, and now here’s Andrew Bird and Nora O’Connor’s take on Robbie Fulks’ “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine.” In return, Fulks has recorded one of Bird’s songs to be released on an exclusive Black Friday Record Store Day 7-inch. You can listen to “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine” below.


Meek Mill Fuck U Mean (Feat. Lil Boosie)
Oct 22, 2014 8:53am | StereoGum

BANGER ALERT. Philly rap demon Meek Mill is in prison right now on a probation violation, but his people have now put a monster of a new song called “Fuck U Mean” out into the world. The track unites Meek with Baton Rouge rap hero Lil Boosie, and the combination couldn’t possibly make more sense. Meek and Boosie have both had their legal issues, but they’re also frantic and intense rappers with urgent, high-pitched deliveries and fervent fanbases. And holy shit, they sound amazing together. “Fuck U Mean” is a piece of bracing, virtuosic street-rap, a song that fucks with your blood pressure and your heartrate if you play it loud enough. Listen to it below, with Funkmaster Flex drops that only make the song better.


DIIV, Splashh, PAWS, Nuns, Beach Day @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 8:52am | CMJ

Last night, at the first night of CMJ Music Marathon, post-garage band DIIV, psychedelics PAWS, Tulsa, OK’s Nuns and surf-stylists Beach Day tore through Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Night Bazaar.

Photos by Erika Reinsel and Chris Skiles.

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tix on sale: Sleater-Kinney, Ariel Pink, Dropkick Murphys, Cold War Kids, Counting Crows, Max Richter, The Jazz June, more
Oct 22, 2014 8:41am | Brooklyn Vegan

(photo via @gmsharptteeth)

Tickets for the Sleater-Kinney reunion show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the second Future Islands, Operators and Wing Dam show at Terminal 5 are on AmEx and Fan Club presale now. Night 1 is sold out.

Tickets for the Ariel Pink show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fishbone show at Gramercy Theatre go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale today at 10 AM.

Dropkick Murphys are returning to the NYC-area around St. Patrick's Day for two shows at Long Island's Paramount (Mar. 3 & 4) and three shows at Irving Plaza (Mar. 8, 9 & 10). Tickets for those shows go on venue presale for the Paramount shows and Live Nation/Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales for the Irving shows today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.

Counting Crows are playing a free and very intimate show at The Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/23) with Filligar, Mean Creek, Hallelujah the Hills, Lily & the Parlour Tricks and more. RSVP for free admission.

Tickets for the Hundred Waters show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Matmos show at Issue Project Room are on sale now.

Max Richter is playing Bowery Ballroom on December 7 and St. Ann &...

College Radio Happenings : Wednesday, October 22
Oct 22, 2014 8:30am | CMJ

Liv Jones wins “Music Director of the Year” at the 2013 CMJ College Radio Awards

Here we are, day 2. You’ve made some friends from other stations, you’ve finally met the promoters you’ve been talking to on the phone for so long in person and you are ready to go back out and do it again. Here’s the college radio event that are happening today.

College Radio Roundtables

Room 405/406 NYU Kimmel Center
11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Meet other like-minded individuals at our college radio roundtable networking sessions, where youll have the opportunity to come together in a small group to share ideas, debate, brainstorm and learn about specific aspects of the music industry and community. Led by respected members of the music industry, these roundtables are an exciting, hands-on way to discuss those topics that hit close to home and to learn new things you can take to your radio station.
Erik Felix – Radio Promotions A Man A Plan A Canal
Kelly Fitzpatrick – Radio Promotions Capitol Records
John Hubbard – Radio Promotions Terrorbird
Jesse Stensby- Vice President/Radio Promoter Vitriol Radio Promotion
Jessica Weber – CEO/Creative Director Co-Sign Collective
Jesse Wiza – Radio Promotions Planetary Group

A Conversation With Tom Scharpling

Room 904/905 NYU Kimmel Center
2:00 – 3:15 p.m...

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