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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Mar 7, 2014 2:12pm | StereoGum
Next Tuesday marks the official start of SXSW’s music conference — which runs through next Sunday — meaning a good percentage of the industry will be in Austin for the whole week. To account for this, the industry was on overdrive this week, flooding Soundcloud and YouTube and the inboxes of music bloggers with new songs, rushing to capitalize on the final moments before everyone and everything goes south. Not surprisingly, then, this week’s 5 Best Songs is pretty well loaded (the same thing occurred last week, too). Expect next week’s pickings to be considerably slimmer. But that’s no reason not to revel in the bounty while it’s before you.
Rihanna named the most streamed female artist in the world
Mar 7, 2014 2:09pm | NME
She came ahead of Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey on Spotify's International Women's Day list
Premiere: Soulwax re-writes Metronomys Love Letters
Mar 7, 2014 2:06pm | Fact Magazine
The Belgium veterans take Metronomy’s latest to the disco.
Next week, Joe Mounts Metronomy will return with their fourth album, Love Letters. Recorded at Londons analogue Toe Rag studios, it take its cues from Sly & The Family Stone and The Zombies.
In kind, the title track is a pristine bit of sunny, throwback pop which was perfectly suited for Michel Gondry’s one-take video for the song. The remix by fellow alt-dance act Soulwax lowers the lights a bit, stretching the tune into nearly seven minutes of neon disco-pop.
Stream the remix below. Love Letters will drop March 10 via Because Music.
Win A Pair of Motörhead, Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, Or Rise Against Vans
Mar 7, 2014 2:00pm | StereoGum
During SXSW next week, Vans will reissue a limited run of some of their iconic band-themed shoes, and we’ve got a bunch of pairs you can win. Collaborations with Circle Jerks, Motörhead, Bad Brains, and Rise Against will be put out in a quantity of 150 per band: 50 will be available at the Vans pop-up shop in Austin during SXSW and the other 100 will be on Vans.com the next day. Each pair retails for around $70 (though if you know sneakers, these limited runs usually skyrocket once they hit eBay). Below you can read more details on each pair and its availability at SXSW’s Vans Village (corner of 7th & Red River) along with info on how to enter Stereogum’s sweepstakes.
Listen: CUBBY Cold Feat. Kwane And Current
Mar 7, 2014 1:53pm | CMJ
CUBBY – Photo by Josh Goleman
Brooklyn-based producer CUBBY has drawn together Kwane Wyatts silky vocals (also featured on Beyonces Ghost/Haunted) with some verses from rapper Current to create a soft and synth-heavy tune called Cold. The track is exactly what the title promises, with a frosty, ambient beat, simplistic percussion and two equally-calming vocalists. Even the lyrics give us an icy, melancholic sensation, with Kwane coolly releasing self-harmonizing croons about distance and loss. This is the first collaboration between these artists, all of whom have released very few tracks on their own. Well see if this is the first of many chilly bursts to come.
The post Listen: CUBBY – “Cold” Feat. Kwane And Current appeared first on CMJ.
Towards a CanCon Canon: 10 essential Canadian record reissues
Mar 7, 2014 1:44pm | Chart Attack
Canadian music fans collectively blew off confetti cannons and threw their arms in the air in a resounding “Fuck yeah!” when this past February, Guelph, Ontario’s beloved Springsteen-punks the Constantines announced that they’d be reforming to play shows in run-up to the reissue of their Sub Pop debut Shine A Light for its 11th anniversary. This pronouncement meant that one of indie rock’s hardest working outfits hadn’t really clocked out like we’d all assumed, but moreover, it marked a momentous validation in an industry with kudos as fleeting as a Best New Music. Shine A Light should still be heard. It deserves a second life.
It’s not every day that a Canadian album gets that treatment, effectively a sponsorship to the broader indie rock canon and a medal of honour that says this is a great work that ought to live on. The greatest impetus for an increase in reissues has come from the return of vinyl as the collector’s preferred format, especially when it comes to the wax-averse ’90s. But, to be certain, the business of reissuing is as much a sales move as it is a service to fans or anything to do with the noble enterprise of recording history.
The Shine A Light re-release got us thinking about which other Canadian albums have earned a rebirth. What else do we think is so important that we want to keep it in stock? Here are ten Canadian releases so special that t...
Damon Albarn to headline EXIT Festival
Mar 7, 2014 1:43pm | NME
The event takes place from July 10-13 in Novi Sad, Serbia
Baby in Vain share new single ++ SXSW dates
Mar 7, 2014 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
You may remember that Danish garage rock trio Baby in Vain were supposed to play NYC this weekend as part of the band's tour on the way to SXSW. Visa issues put the kibosh on most of the tour but the band will still be playing SXSW, so if you're going to Austin then keep an eye out. All their appearances are listed below. Hopefully they'll play the rest of the country soon.
Meanwhile, the band are set to release a new single, "Taught By Hand," which is a real stomper. We've got the premiere of that single and you can stream it in this post.
Baby in Vain SXSW schedule and new single stream below...
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Listen: Hiro Kone Phantom
Mar 7, 2014 1:30pm | CMJ
The post Listen: Hiro Kone – “Phantom” appeared first on CMJ.
Future Punx released debut 7", will celebrate tonight at DbA; Eaters and Beth Israel releasing records on Dull Tools (streams)
Mar 7, 2014 1:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
Future Punx at 285 Kent last year
Brooklyn's Future Punx just put out their first 7" via Dull Tools, and its songs "999" and "Living in a Movie" are two terrific slices of 1980-style synthy new wave. (Think Devo, Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo.) You can stream it below and buy it tonight (3/7) at the band's release party at Death by Audio. It's a family affair with likeminded band Final Bloom, plus fellow Dull Tools labelmates Eaters opening, and Andrew Savage (who co-runs the label when not fronting Parquet Courts) on DJ duty. $7 at the door.
Future Punx have a few more shows coming up, including the BrooklynVegan-presented La Femme show at Glasslands on March 23 with Regal Degal playing as well (plus yours truly on DJ duty). Tickets are still available. They'll also open for Parquet Courts at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 (details on that show TBA). All upcoming Future Punx shows are listed below.
Duo Eaters, meanwhile, will release their debut album on Dull Tools/Driftless Recordings on April 22. Bob Jones and Jonathan Schenke met while touring with Frankie Rose and bonded over a love of early synthwave, motorik grooves and tape experiments. Jones was a founding member of Eter...
Video Rewind: The National prove theres no stage they cant conquer
Mar 7, 2014 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Welcome to our weekly feature Video Rewind. Every Friday, a CoS staffer shares a video clip dug up from the depths of the Internet. On Saturday, The National will make their Saturday Night Live debut. In anticipation, Ryan Bray examines the band’s uncanny ability to control any stage, be it a national festival or just your local convention center.
The best thing you can say about The National, even among all the great things that can be said about The National, is that they have this uncanny ability to turn every setting into the most intimate space on Earth. I’ve seen them play in front of thousands of people at Lollapalooza and in the warmer, tighter confines of a small theater, but the effect is the same. These guys write songs that land the hook right in your mouth and reel you in slowly.
Their performance at the Gibson Texas Showroom during last year’s Austin City Limits is a casual demonstration of The National’s true power. “I Need My Girl” is vintage National, complete with echoey guitars, sleek ambiance, and Matt Berninger’s low, soulful vocals. Watching it all come together in the moment, however, is completely new experience. It’s like watching a musical puzzle being put together before your eyes. Everything has its exact place and function, from the delicate guitar sounds that trickle with pastoral subtlety to the sparse but powerful drums and the ...
Black Lips stream new album ahead of official release - listen
Mar 7, 2014 1:12pm | NME
'Underneath The Rainbow' will come out on March 18
Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night Smithsonian Channel Documentary And Giveaway
Mar 7, 2014 1:10pm | CMJ
The post Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night Smithsonian Channel Documentary And Giveaway appeared first on CMJ.
Howling Bells announce UK tour dates
Mar 7, 2014 12:53pm | NME
They release their fourth album 'Heartstrings' on June 2
Billboard posts top 100 rap songs for chart's 25th anniversary and #1 is really depressing
Mar 7, 2014 12:52pm | Brooklyn Vegan
It's the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, and FACT points to a list Billboard posted of the all-time top 100 rap tracks since the chart's inception. Seven of the top 10 tracks come from rap's "golden era" of the '90s, but very depressingly, Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" comes in at #1 OF ALL TIME. He's also got "Can't Hold Us" at #4. Kanye is tight.
The full 100 is at Billboard. Browse the top 10, along with a disclaimer of how the list was calculated, below...
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