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Steve Aoki rented out his record labels office as a porn set
Oct 21, 2014 7:10pm | Fact Magazine

The X-rated video is probably the best thing to come out of Dim Mak’s office so far.

It isn’t an easy job running an independent record label, and small imprints are often forced to think outside the box when it comes to generating extra sources of revenue.

Way back in 2009, EDM super villain Steve Aoki hired out a space inside his Dim Mark label’s LA office to a “friend” who used the Dim Mak bathrooms to shoot a pornographic film.

In the film, a slightly suspect brunette sneaks into a storage room and attempts to smuggle a handful of CDs into her tight black leggings. Shortly afterwards, a big German “DJ” turns up and (surprise, suprise) attempts to get his hands on those CDs.

The DJ, clad in a Dim Mak t-shirt, finds the brunette hiding in the office’s bathroom, the walls of which are plastered with the label’s logo.

We bet you can figure out what happens next.


The Coathangers Drive Video
Oct 21, 2014 6:49pm | StereoGum

Atlanta punks the Coathangers have put out a video for “Drive,” a track from their fourth full-length album, Suck My Shirt, that came out earlier this year. The video follows around two adorable plush dolls who seem like they’re star-crossed lovers. The dolls accompany the band on tour and pop up in all sorts of different locations — the beach, a wine shop, on a train, in a church. It’s all really cute! You can watch below.


Watch the video for The Bugs Mi Lost featuring Miss Red
Oct 21, 2014 6:25pm | Fact Magazine

Get lost in the dreamy new video from The Bug.

Kevin Martin’s latest album as The Bug is one of our favourite albums of the last few months here at FACT. Angels & Devils is The Bug’s first long player since 2008′s London Zoo and finds Martin enlisting a host of quality talent to bring his heavy dread-influenced productions to life.

On Angels and Devils, Martin is joined by Grouper’s Liz Harris, copeland, Manga, Flowdan, Death Grips and Gonjasufi. Martin also brought in Israeli MC Miss Red to provide a menacing vocal on ‘Mi Lost’.

The video for ‘Mi Lost’ was shot in Miss Red’s home town of Haifa. According to Miss Red, The inspiration behind the song and video is the feeling of living and being a part of the small community in a sleepy and almost neglected city in the north of Israel, but wanting more from life.”

Watch the video for ‘Mi Lost’ featuring Miss Red above. Click here to stream The Bug’s Angels & Devils, released in August by Ninja Tune.

Blue Hawaii Get Happy / Get Happier
Oct 21, 2014 6:12pm | StereoGum

Blue Hawaii — the synth-pop side project of Braid’s Raphaelle Standall-Preston and Alex “Agor” Cowan — have released a new one-off track called “Get Happy,” which is accompanied by an edit of the song called “Get Happier” that’s sped up. “’Get Happy’ is a song we recorded one day in January 2014 but laid to rest as we got lost in the commotion of touring and moving to separate cities,” the band said in a statement. “As the year progressed, we found our live show intensify but still had all these softer recordings which would never be released. Hence we present ’Get Happy’ / ’Get Happier’, where we explore both sides: the original demo and a fun, double-time edit made one day in August.” The A-side is in the same wispy, melancholic territory that they explored on last year’s great full-length Untogether, while “Get Happier” wouldn’t sound out of place in a smoky dance club. Listen and download both tracks below.


The Head And The Heart Lets Be Still Video
Oct 21, 2014 5:52pm | StereoGum

The Head And The Heart have shared an elaborate video for “Let’s Be Still,” a song off of their album from last year that shares the same name. It starts with a man waking up because of some tortured dreams, follows him (and a cute puppy) as they make their way to a field, where they meet up with their lover and travel in some hot air balloons. Apparently, the video was inspired by Mary Poppins, but I’m getting more of a Moonrise Kingdom for adults vibe. It’s a very pretty and pastoral video, and you can watch below.


Andrew Bird covers Robbie Fulks Ill Trade You Money For Wine  listen
Oct 21, 2014 5:34pm | Cosequence Of Sound

To mark its 20th anniversary, Bloodshot Records has enlisted a bevy of artists to cover songs synonymous with the Chicago alt country label. Our latest preview of While No One Was Looking comes in the form of Andrew Birds take on Robbie Fulks 2013 single “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine”.

Here, the Chicago multi-instrumentalist, who is no stranger to folksy reworkings, enlists singer and Bloodshot affiliate Nora OConnor. Together, the two strike perfect harmonies, as OConnors soothing coos expertly complement Birds more earthy vocals. While it may lack the intensity of the original, the tangible charm between both singers is enough to make for a compelling listen. Listen in below (via TIME)

In anticipation of the compilations November 18th release, Bloodshoot has also shared Blitzen Trappers cover of Ryan Adams “To Be Young (Is To Be High, Is To Be Sad)” and Chris Shiflett and The Dead Peasants rendition of Justin Townes Earles “Look The Other Way”.

Birds contribution will also be released on a limited-edition 7-inch single backed by Fulks own cover of Birds 2001 song “Core and Rind!”. Its due out for Record Store Day Black Friday (November 28th).

Back to the Future receives 30th anniversary screenings with live orchestra, new music
Oct 21, 2014 5:22pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Universal Pictures will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future with a series of screenings featuring live orchestration.

According to Variety, these screenings will take place in various cities across the world beginning next May. Each will see a live orchestra perform Alan Silvestri’s Academy Award-nominated score in addition to 15 minutes of new music composed by Silvestri specifically for the anniversary.

The first screening will take place in Lucerene, Switzerland in May 2015. Additional dates will be announced in the near future.

Other planned 30th anniversary activities include a musical adaption of the film penned by the original screenwriters, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It will stage at London’s West End next year. And though an unaffiliated project, a California startup plans to launch a Back to the Future-inspired hoverboard on October 21st, 2015 — the very day Marty McFly travels to the future.

Kesha Once Swore Under Oath That Dr. Luke Never Drugged Or Raped Her
Oct 21, 2014 5:02pm | StereoGum

In the last installment of the Week In Pop, Chris constructed a timeline chronicling the ugly history between Kesha and Dr. Luke, starting in 2012 — when Kesha claimed she had been “forced” to sing the lyrics to “Die Young” — and culminating in the dueling lawsuits launched last week by both parties against one another. According to TMZ, Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke included claims that:


Kesha Swore Under Oath Three Years Ago That Dr. Luke Never Drugged Or Raped Her
Oct 21, 2014 5:02pm | StereoGum

In the last installment of the Week In Pop, Chris constructed a timeline chronicling the ugly history between Kesha and Dr. Luke, starting in 2012 — when Kesha claimed she had been “forced” to sing the lyrics to “Die Young” — and culminating in the dueling lawsuits launched last week by both parties against one another. According to TMZ, Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke included claims that:


Kate Bush Shares Letter About Her Live Comeback
Oct 21, 2014 5:01pm | StereoGum

Kate Bush recently wrapped up her much talked about string of shows at London’s Apollo theater, which were her first live performances in 35 years. Today, she shared a note on her website thanking the audience members who saw the show and released a few more images from the performance (where there were no cameras allowed, though a DVD release is rumored to be in the works). “It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life,” she wrote. “I loved the whole process. Particularly putting the band, the Chorus and the team together and watching it all evolve. It really was the ultimate combination of talent and artists, both from the music business and the theatre world.” Read her full note and check out some new photos from the performance below.


Chance the Rapper announces new album Surf
Oct 21, 2014 4:53pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Since launching his excellent Acid Rap mixtape last April, Chance the Rapper has limited his output to a string of one-off singles, standlone tracks, random collaborations, and remixes. However, in a new interview with Billboard, the Chicago MC revealed plans for a new album entitled, Surf, which he recorded alongside his band The Social Experiment. What’s more, the album — which will be available for free download — could hit the Web by year’s end.

Chance made sure to clarify that Surf is “the first Social Experiment project” and not simply another solo release. As an extension of that, he explained that the album will “highlight” the work of trumpet player Donnie Trumpet (aka Nico Segal). It’ll also feature “a lot of great instrumentation and a lot of input from cool writers.”

“The band has been backing me on a lot of the shows, so when you go to a Chance the Rapper show it’s billed as a Chance the Rapper show,” he explained, “and even though you bought a ticket for a Chance the Rapper show, you end up going to a Social Experiment concert, you know? And you get the full experience of the musicality of four seasoned players.”

Musically, being the de facto “leader” of a new band has caused Chance to explore fresh influences, specifically...

S Vampires Video
Oct 21, 2014 4:31pm | StereoGum

“Vampires,” the excellent lead single from Jenn Ghetto’s excellent S album Cool Choices, now has an excellent music video. Directed by Finch Wolfe, it stars Tacocat bassist Bree McKenna as a woman nervously going out in public after a breakup — coping with changes around the house, dealing with judgment from friends, hoping she won’t see her ex. The old haunt McKenna anxiously wanders into happens to be hosting an S concert, so Ghetto and her band make an appearance. Watch below.


Chance The Rapper Talks Surf Mixtape, Recording With Frank Ocean & Migos
Oct 21, 2014 4:28pm | StereoGum

Chicago youngster Chance The Rapper blew up on the strength of last year’s Acid Rap mixtape. Since then, he’s been touring heavily with his Social Experiment live band and releasing a string of increasingly woozy and weird one-off tracks. (The last of those, “No Better Blues,” is either a half-baked slam-poetry nothing or a bold new step; pick your side.) But in a new interview, Chance says that his next full-length is called Surf, that it’ll be out by the end of the year, and that it will once again be a free download. He’s been spending some time in the studio with some interesting people, too.


Jeff Goldblums Jurassic Park laugh has been translated into sheet music
Oct 21, 2014 4:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this year, the wondrous Internet bestowed upon us one of its greatest gifts since Star Wars kid: a remix of Jeff Goldblum’s legendary Jurassic Park laugh. Now, amazingly enough, it seems someone has perhaps one-upped that EDM reworking by turning Goldblum’s original guffaw into actual sheet music.

As The A.V. Club points out, Evan Kent’s brilliantly detailed transcription features all the appropriate notes and time signatures, as well specific instructions on when to “play very loudly” (that’s ff, or Fortissimo) or “moderately soft” (that’s mp, or mezzo-piano). Yes, now basically anyone can perform Ian Macolm’s masterful/maniacal chortle on any instrument.

Break out your keyboard/ukulele/iPad app and start the weekend early with a shitload of “heh heh heh hrrr”. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go start a Kickstarter campaign in order to make a whole album’s worth of songs.

Here’s the original , because who doesn’t want to listen to Goldblum’s laugh on a Friday afternoon?

Mac Miller Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along
Oct 21, 2014 3:55pm | StereoGum

On the same day that Interscope apparently dropped Chief Keef, Mac Miller announced that he’s signed to Warner Bros., for a deal that’s reportedly worth $10 million. You will not find a better indication of the way the major-label system has moved away from hard, unpredictable street-rappers and toward the more malleable and middle-class weedhead rappers beloved on college campuses. I’d say rap is missing something important without hungry-young-wolf voices being given prominent chances, but that’s not really Miller’s fault. He’s grown a huge audience by himself, on mixtapes and the independent label Rostrum. And he’s a lot better of rapper than he was just a couple of years ago. Faces the mixtape Miller released in May, is probably his best-ever work. And to celebrate his new deal, Miller has released a new track, a two-minute word-drunk bender with the vaguely adorable title “Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along.” Listen below.


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