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Latitude 2014: Part One
Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The first part of Howard Melnyczuk's take on this year's Suffolk festival, featuring Jungle, SOHN, Conor Oberst and Damon Albarn.

Yann Tiersen at Cavea, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome
Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm | The Line Of Best Fit
A pictorial take on the French composer's open-air show in Rome. Kimberley Ross shoots.

Nardwuar Got Yung Lean To Smile
Jul 23, 2014 12:12pm | StereoGum

Yung Lean — internet-beloved #sadboy, bucket-hat wearer, Arizona Iced Tea enthusiast, and teenaged Swedish rapper — has now joined the hallowed ranks of artists interviewed by Nardwuar The Human Serviette. Although a recent New Yorker profile insisted that Yung Lean and the Sad Boys self-consciously try to keep up melancholic appearances, Nardwuar manages to make them all crack up within the first minute of the interview (by singing happy birthday in Swedish, in case you were wondering). Maybe Yung Lean’s crushing emotional despair is no match for Nardwuar’s ridiculousness, or maybe he was just in a good mood because it was his 18th birthday. Either way, it’s a fun interview, and you can watch it below.


Duran Duran Are Suing Their Fan Club
Jul 23, 2014 12:11pm | StereoGum

Apparently there are companies dedicated to managing and monetizing fan clubs for celebrities, and one of them called Worldwide Fan Clubs once counted Duran Duran among its clients. Not anymore; The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the new wave legends are suing the Glenview, Illinois-based company for $40,000 and claiming that Worldwide Fan Clubs failed to deliver their contractually guaranteed payments. Further details:


Listen: Shura Just Once
Jul 23, 2014 11:55am | CMJ

London-by-way-of-Moscow singer Shura dropped her debut single Touch way back in February. It was a great, shoulder pad-free, ’80s-style, sashaying synth jam and I was very excited to hear more. Six months of waiting later, here we are with single number two.

Just Once is a more delicate track, with breathier vocals, in-the-shadows percussion, a slick guitar interlude and lines like, “If you get my name wrong, I won’t get pissed off/cause I wish I was somebody else.” No word yet on a full length. Listen below.

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Muscle & Bone made a video, touring w/ Young & Heartless, playing NYC with Placeholder (BV presents)
Jul 23, 2014 11:48am | Brooklyn Vegan

Muscle & Bone

Asheville's Muscle & Bone and Pennsylvania's Young and Heartless both have solid albums out this year -- Peace & Light and The Pull of Gravity, respectively -- and now the two bands are gearing up for a tour together in early August. We at BrooklynVegan are happy to announce we're presenting the NYC stop of that tour, which happens August 5 at Palisades (906 Broadway) in Bushwick. Also on that show is another Penn. band Placeholder and one more TBA. Doors are at 8 PM and $8 tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Muscle & Bone recently made a video for the new album's title track, which was shot by Adam Gross and Thomas Mims. Check out that video, with streams from the other two bands on the Palisades show, and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Muscle & Bone made a video, touring w/ Young & Heartless, playing NYC with Placeholder (BV presents)" at brooklynvegan

RAPID FIRE: Le1f really wants a purple Range Rover
Jul 23, 2014 11:38am | Chart Attack
Our video series Rapid Fire gets our favourite artists to answer hard-hitting questions from their childhood, imagination, and the future, as fast as they can before our non-existent timer runs out.

You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine. Now would be an appropriate time for me to insert a Tumblr photo with bokeh'd lights overlaid on a photo of high-waisted denim short-wearing teenagers laughing, and cursive text that reads "If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane," attributed to Robert Frost. But I won't.

Khalif Diouf, better known as Le1f, is a New York based rapper you should be listening to. He hates birthdays, loves mushrooms and really wants a purple Range Rover  no, really wants a Purple Range Rover  as we discovered in this episode of Rapid Fire. We learned a lot about Le1f in a really short amount of time and now you can too.

Le1f's new EP Hey is available on iTunes through Terrible Records. Listen to it below.

RAPID FIRE: Le1f really wants a purple Range Rover by Ryan Parker | Chart Attack.

David Lynch launches womens clothing line
Jul 23, 2014 11:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

Avid collector of all things David Lynch? In search of more Lynch-ian attire for when you enjoy your 47th viewing of Mulholland Drive? Or maybe you just want some damn cool Lynch-approved threads? Either way, youre in luck.

In hopes of promoting Transcendental Meditation, the surrealist filmmaker has launched his very own clothing line for women featuring leggings, shorts, bras, and t-shirts. The series is a collaboration between the David Lynch Foundation and Live The Process, which is described as “a guide to wellness and holistic health from a curated group of experts in Beauty, Fitness, Meditation, Nutrition, Energy Therapies and Quantum Physics, as seen through a modernist lens.” Neat.

The tamely-designed sportswear come at a hefty price ($105 for a bra? $170 for leggings?), but a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support victims of abuse, so one cant feel too guilty about maxing out the credit card.

Perhaps after meditating in said outfits, you can unwind with a nice cup of David Lynch coffee and a couple spins of The Big Dream? Might as well go all out, super-fans.

For more information on the collection, check out Live The Process.

Below, revisit the Moby-directed video for “The Big Dream”:

Hessismore releasing new album (stream a track), celebrating with five-night NYC run ++ other dates
Jul 23, 2014 11:26am | Brooklyn Vegan

Mikkel Hess has been making music as Hess is More for a while now and is set to release a new album next month. With it comes a typographic shift (or perhaps just a broken space-bar on his keyboard), changing the name of his group to Hessismore and the album, due August 19, is titled Myheadisaballroom / Whoneedsaplaceanyway. That's the cover art above. Where his previous releases were more of a solo venture, the new LP was made with a steady band that's been gigging pretty regularly over the last couple years, and was recorded by Andrew Raposo (Midnight Magic, Hercules & Love Affair). We've got the premiere of the LP's groovy "Bearsong" in this post.

To celebrate the new album, the eight-piece Hessismore ensemble will perform five nights at East Village club Nublu from August 18 - 22. Tickets are on sale now. If you've never seen their live show -- tight, jazzy, krauty disco -- it's highly recommended.

Hessismore have a few other dates lined up as well, including the Wassaic Project festival in Wassaic, NY next weekend (Aug 1). All are listed, along with the new song stream, album tracklist / trailer and a live video, below...

Continue reading "Hessismore releasing new album (stream a track), celebrating with five-night NYC run ++ other dates" at brooklynvegan

Song : TOPS : Way to be Loved
Jul 23, 2014 11:18am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Having released already a fantastic 7″ with songs “Change Of Heart” and “Sleeptalker” this year, Montreal four-piece TOPS reveal the details for the follow-up to their 2012 debut Tender Opposites. The title is Picture You Staring and is slated to hit shelves on September 2nd via Arbutus. It will contain the previously two mentioned songs as well as this new one “Way to be Loved”. The song is part-Belle & Sebastian, part-Fleetwood Mac laced with some delicate funk. Listen below.


SBTRKT reveals more LP details (ft. Ezra Koenig, A$AP Ferg, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, more), announces tour (dates)
Jul 23, 2014 11:15am | Brooklyn Vegan

Yesterday (7/22), SBTRKT announced that his new album will be called Wonder Where We Land and shared a track featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. He's since revealed that in addition to Ezra, the album will feature A$AP Ferg, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Denai Moore, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Raury, Sampha and Warpaint. The deluxe edition features Raury, Sampha, Warpaint, Andrew Ashong and Boogie. It comes out September 23 via Young Turks. Tracklist and streams of the songs with Ezra and Sampha, below.

SBTRKT also announced a tour which brings him to NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale July 31 with a presale starting July 29.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song streams, below...

Continue reading "SBTRKT reveals more LP details (ft. Ezra Koenig, A$AP Ferg, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, more), announces tour (dates)" at brooklynvegan

TOPS Way To Be Loved
Jul 23, 2014 11:11am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Way To Be Loved” is the opening track from TOPS‘ excellent new LP Picture You Staring, out September 2 on Arbutus.

Helado Negro I Krill You Video
Jul 23, 2014 11:07am | StereoGum

Electronic musician Roberto Carlos Lange will soon put out Double Youth, his new album under the long-running moniker Helado Negro. We’ve already heard the new single “I Krill You” (which somehow wasn’t already used as a title by the band Krill), and now he’s shared a video for the song. Blending glittering streamers, footage of forests, flashing blue lights, and closeups of Lange singing, it all melts into an impressionistic whole that fits the song well. Watch it below.


Liars, How To Dress Well and more added to Bristols Simple Things Festival lineup
Jul 23, 2014 11:05am | Fact Magazine

Bristol’s multi-venue Simple Things festival has bumped up its sizable bill yet again.

The festival has added a slew of new names – Brooklyn veterans Liars, nu-school crooner How To Dress Well, retro rockers Black Lips, Damiano von Erckert, Amazing Snakeheads, The Fauns, Mirel Wagner, Volte-Face and loads more.

These new additions join an already bumper lineup featuring appearances from Mogwai, DJ Harvey, Zomby, Evian Christ and Eagulls, and if you catch the Simple Things opening party at Bristol’s Motion club the night before (October 24), you’ll be able to see Caribou play an exclusive full live show with support from Hyperdub’s Jessy Lanza.

For more info and tickets, make sure you trot over to the Simple Things website.

Listen: TOPS Way To Be Loved
Jul 23, 2014 11:05am | CMJ

TOPS – Photo by Rebecca Storm

CMJ Music Marathon alums TOPS dropped a 7-inch late last month and are now prepping a sophomore LP for Arbutus Records, Picture You Staring. The album’s new single, Way To Be Loved, is a skidding, half-shy pop track with singer Jane Penny sounding like a pair of eyes peeking from around a corner. The full album drops in September, but for now, you can listen to Way To Be Loved below.

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