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Tobacco Streaker Video (Dir. Eric Wareheim) (NSFW)
Apr 23, 2014 10:03am | StereoGum
When Eric Wareheim gets the time out of his busy schedule to direct a music video it’s always worth your time. His Major Lazer and Beach House videos were two of the very best of last year. But while those videos were silly-weird and beautifully-weird respectively, this new Tobacco clip is terrifying-weird. Beginning as a late night infomercial for a family-run massage parlor, it quickly takes you on a first person tour through hell that plays out almost like a creepy amusement part ride as the various masked (and naked) family members lurch toward you like horny zombies. Filmed with a Texas Chainsaw-style graininess it’s really creepy, but it’s a good fit for “Streaker” (which finds Tobacco at his most abrasive and strange, which is really saying something) and you can’t take your eyes off it. Watch it below, but be warned that it’s NSFW.
Stream Frameworks Loom (Stereogum Premiere)
Apr 23, 2014 10:01am | StereoGum
The Gainesville, Florida punks Frameworks play an intensely sincere heart-on-sleeve sort of post-hardcore. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to lump the band in with the current emo revival, but there’s precious little pop-punk in their sound. Instead, the band’s debut album Loom, recorded with Deafheaven producer Jack Shirley, is the sort of throat-lump attack that should sound pretty great to anyone who ever got attached to, say, Thursday’s Full Collapse. We’ve already posted the early track “Looms,” and now you can stream the full album below.
Letters From Bandcamp, Issue No. 16
Apr 23, 2014 10:00am | CMJ
Surf Curse – Photo via
In Letters From Bandcamp, we round up five of our new favorite Bandcamp discoveries in the hope that your friends cousins sister can finally get some buzz.
Buds by Surf Curse
whatever by NO FUCKS
Bobby Draino And Xophie Xweetland
"Chrome Split" by Bobby Draino & Xophie Xweetland
Here We Are by Mars Water
Doss Here Tonight
Apr 23, 2014 10:00am | Gorilla Vs Bear
Here’s another glowing, soothing gem from “secret powerpuff girl” Doss, taken from her gorgeous + very limited new self-titled debut EP/future summer nights ’14 soundtrack, out next week on Acéphale. Video by Doss.
Bok Bok reveals new EP Your Charizmatic Self
Apr 23, 2014 10:00am | Fact Magazine
The London producer follows the acclaimed ‘Melba’s Call‘ with a more substantial drop.
It’s hard to believe that 2011′s Southside was Bok Bok‘s last proper EP, but it looks as if the Night Slugs boss has been hard at work in the interim. Your Charizmatic Self is a pretty substantial collection, weighing in at a generous seven tracks and including an instrumental of the excellent ‘Melba’s Call’, which was originally a collaboration with vocalist Kelela.
Sadly little of the EP has surfaced yet, so we can only guess at what Your Charizmatic Self might actually sound like, but if the funk-tinged ‘Melba’s Call’ is anything to go by then we’re in for something very special indeed. Certainly from the track titles – ‘Funkiest (Be Yourself)’ specifically – we’re guessing that Bok Bok’s channeling his inner James Brown for this one.
FACT’s Tom Lea recently spoke to Bok Bok about Night Slugs’ influence on the club landscape, his new material and more.
Foxygen announces 2014 summer tour, nearly finished with new album
Apr 23, 2014 9:59am | Cosequence Of Sound
After laying low for nearly a year, during which time frontman Jonathan Rado and drummer Shaun Fleming released solo albums, California’s Foxygen returned to the stage at Coachella earlier this month. Looking to keep the momentum going, the band has now announced a summer tour.
Set almost exclusively in their home state, the outing includes dates in Petaluma, Big Sur (for the Woodsist Festival), Sonoma, Los Angeles, and Pioneertown. However, they’ll venture out of The Golden State briefly for performances at Sasquatch! and Pickathon. Consult the full schedule below.
As you may recall, the band canceled several tour dates last summer after member Sam France broke his leg. That incident came just shortly after rumors arose of the band’s possible break-up.
As a press release notes, the band is nearly finished with the follow-up to last years We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. They’ve already debuted two untitled songs during the first weekend of Coachella, so expect more new music on the forthcoming tour.
Foxygen 2014 Tour Dates:
Watch: Coldplay debuts new song Oceans
Apr 23, 2014 9:53am | Cosequence Of Sound
We’re still a solid month away from the release of Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories, but already we’ve heard several tracks. Following “Magic” and “Midnight”, along with live performances of “Always In My Head” and “Another’s Arms” comes “Ocean”, which was debuted today during an in-studio session for BBC Radio 1. Check out the slow-moving, acoustic ballad below. I imagine it’ll make for a good Starbucks soundtrack, though I only really drink diet Coke.
Ghost Stories, the follow-up to 2011′s Mylo Xyloto, arrives officially May 19th through Parlophone Records. Pre-orders are now ongoing.
In related news, Coldplay will serve as musical guest for the May 3rd episode of Saturday Night Live, appearing alongside host Andrew Garfield (of Spider-Man fame).
Midweek chart update: Mr Probz on course for Number One single with debut 'Waves'
Apr 23, 2014 9:53am | NME
Iggy Azalia set to earn this week's highest new entry in the Official Album Chart
Jello Biafra shows off vinyl collection in new video, touring w/ Negative Approach; Dead Kennedys touring too (dates)
Apr 23, 2014 9:47am | Brooklyn Vegan
Jello Biafra at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion)
Former Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra and his current band The Guantanamo School of Medicine will be heading out on a North American tour this year with Detroit hardcore vets Negative Approach, whose current lineup has been active longer than the band's initial run in the '80s. That tour hits NYC on June 27 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Jello also just participated in Fuse's "Cratediggers" video series where musicians talk about -- and show off -- their record collections. As you might expect, he's got a lot of vinyl but some of the things he really digs might surprise you. (He's also still mad at Tipper Gore.) It's nearly 30 minutes over two parts, but the videos are funny, insightful and inspiring. Watch it below.
Meanwhile, the current incarnation of the Dead Kennedys (East Bay Ray, D.H. Peligro, Klaus Flouride and Ron "Skip" Greer) are also touring this June and hitting NYC on June 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon. All of their dates are listed below too.
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Owen Pallett goes to the ballet void for Song For Five & Six video
Apr 23, 2014 9:43am | Chart Attack
Last year, Owen Pallett scored Unearth, a ballet choreographed by Robert Binet for the National Ballet of Canada's Innovation series in Toronto. It ran for five days in November, and I thiiiink I was eating takeout off my chest every day that week. But now Pallett's "Song For Five & Six" video, directed by Jeff Scheven, features choreography and dancing once more from Binet and the National Ballet, and their collaboration is even more beautiful than my wildest pad thai nightmares. The dancers engage in their gorgeous fluid motions to a bracing, arpeggio-lined tune from within the studio level of Missy Elliott's puffy Glad bag suit.
Owen Pallett's new album In Conflict has a new, EVEN BETTER release date: May 27th via Secret City Records; pre-order it here.
Owen Pallett goes to the ballet void for “Song For Five & Six” video by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
Watch Coldplay Debut Oceans On BBC Radio 1
Apr 23, 2014 9:40am | StereoGum
Feels kinda sacrilegious to be talking about Coldplay right in the middle of Britpop Week, as they Purple Wedding-ed the whole thing some 15 years ago, but hey, we contain multitudes. We’ve already heard a bunch of music from Coldplay’s forthcoming LP, Ghost Stories, which is out next month, and for the most part, those songs have been really good, because, let’s admit it, Coldplay are actually a really good band. Today, they premiered another new track: “Oceans,” which they debuted during a live session on BBC Radio 1. “Oceans” is a muted, ethereal thing, and while the studio version may not be quite so sparse, I hope it is, because as-is, this is very good. Watch/listen.
Electric Minds and The Hydra bring John Talabot, Mix Mup, Christian Löffler and more to London
Apr 23, 2014 9:38am | Fact Magazine
Electric Minds have three events planned for the Spring/Summer and each one is looking essential.
First, on May 23, mysterious German producer Mix Mup is dropping into London’s Dance Tunnel to bring his Hinge Finger-supported eclecticism to the baying masses. Needless to say, if anyone’s looking for a bit more meat on their bony outsider house chops, then Mix Mup will be happy to provide.
Things really get serious on June 20 at the Studio Spaces, with acclaimed Spanish DJ John Talabot taking the reigns and showing why he’s one of the most sought after names in electronic music right now. He’ll be accompanied by Axel Boman, Kris Wadsworth and of course Electric Minds’ very own Dolan Bergin.
Later in the summer, on July 18, German techno producer Christian Löffler will be performing a rare live set at the Dance Tunnel, and will be supported by Dolan Bergin.
To grab tickets make sure you check out The Hydra’s website.
Bruce Springsteen American Beauty Video
Apr 23, 2014 9:37am | StereoGum
On Record Store Day this past weekend, Bruce Springsteen released American Beauty, a new four-song EP on which he played almost every instrument. (We posted the early track “Hurry Up Sundown.”) Springsteen and his E Street Band were playing a show in Charlotte on the night of Record Store Day, and before the show started, they shot a quick-and-dirty live video for the EP’s title track. The video won’t change your life or anything, but Springsteen’s sheer industry, his drive to continue doing stuff, is a thing to be admired. Check out the video below.
Chance The Rapper Explains Illness, May Need Surgery
Apr 23, 2014 9:32am | StereoGum
Last weekend we learned that hip-hop phenom Chance The Rapper had been hospitalized after falling ill and thus was unable to repeat his triumphant set from Coachella’s first weekend during the festival’s second iteration. Last night Chance’s Twitter posted a letter from his manager detailing the circumstances of the illness and the prognosis. In short, a 104-degree fever and tonsillitis left Chance in a Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital bed unable to speak. His performances this week have been canceled as well, and he may face surgery to correct the throat problems. Read the letter below.
Watch: tUnE-yArDs video for Water Fountain is a Nickelodeon show on acid
Apr 23, 2014 9:25am | Cosequence Of Sound
As a child reared on Gerbert, Beakman’s World, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Reading Rainbow, and occasionally The Magic School Bus, I enjoy my educational kids shows with loads of color and just a panache of quirk. tUnE-yArDs Merrill Garbus seems to agree with that particular educational approach, presenting her own brightly-colored kids show in the video for “Water Fountain”.
Looking like a psychedelic Miss Frizzle, Garbus’ lessons include a potato-obsessed scientist, 8-bit cartoons (it’s called LSD, kiddies; look it up when you’re older), something that resembles a demonic version of My Pet Monster, not-so-scary ghosts, a human-dog-chef hybrid (think Emeril Lagssse + Barf from Spaceballs), and plenty of dancing. If I ever have kids, they’re only ever watching this program. Oh, and maybe future episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba featuring Arcade Fire.
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