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Mogwai Teenage Exorcists Video
Nov 25, 2014 10:19am | StereoGum

Mogwai’s Music Industry 3: Fitness Industry 1 EP comes out next week, and they’ve shared a video for their new track “Teenage Exorcists.” It’s a pretty wild ride: we follow a girl who is suspended in mid-air as ectoplasm blasts through her skull and she travels through nothingness until she ends up trapped in a plastic wrapping that takes the shape of a hand. Light emanates from the hole in her skull, like you’re looking up from a well and all that you can see is a bright circle in this distance. The stylized video was directed by Craig Murray. Watch below.


Tink tackles Ferguson on Timbaland-produced Tell The Children
Nov 25, 2014 10:13am | Fact Magazine

The rising star shares a powerful new song.

Tink continues her string of new songs with ‘Tell The Children’. Featuring production by mentor Timbaland, the star-in-the-making weighs in on racism, poverty, police brutality and more, with chilling results reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli and Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’.

Stream ‘Tell the Children’ below and read more about Tink here. We expect many musicians to weigh in after the Ferguson’s Grand Jury decision; last night, Killer Mike delivered an emotional pre-show speech.

8 Albums You Can Stream Right Now: Beyoncé, Songs: Ohia, Cellphone and more
Nov 25, 2014 10:08am | Chart Attack

Songs: Ohia, Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)

Who? Following Jason Molina's tragic death last year, Secretly Canadian has been emptying out the vaults for expanded reissues of all the classic, underappreciated-in-their-time Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. albums. If there's one artist whose stripped-down, intimate demos deserve to be heard, it's Molina.

Where can I hear it? Pitchfork

What should I do while I listen? Read this definitive postmortem profile of Jason Molina from the Chicago Reader.

When's it out? December 2 via Secretly Canadian

Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Platinum Edition)

Who? Did you hear? Beyoncé did literally anything. This time it's an expanded edition of the album she surprise-released at the end of last year and defined 2013. Can she do it again?

What should I do after I listen? We hear she makes pretty good videos.

When's it out? Now via Columbia

Cellphone, Excellent Condition

Who? You've probably seen these impossibly tall Toronto synth-punks in basements for the last few years (what, you don't hang out in basements?). Now, they have a record to sell at the merch table.

What should I ...

Watch Tears For Fears Play Their Hits And Cover Radioheads Creep In A Spotify Landmark Session
Nov 25, 2014 10:06am | StereoGum

Tears For Fears have been covering Radiohead’s “Creep” for years, but I don’t think they’ve ever had it professionally recorded until now. The band recorded a Spotify Landmark Session at L.A. recording studio The Village in honor of the 30th anniversary of Songs From The Big Chair. The 40-minute video includes VH1 Storytellers-style backstory, performances of originals including “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” and “Head Over Heels,” and that Radiohead cover. Watch it all below, or just listen to “Creep” via Spotify embed.


Q&A: Nathan Kerce And Alec Livaditis, WUOG
Nov 25, 2014 10:05am | CMJ

Athens, GA, has quite the music scene, especially for a city of it’s size. And WUOG, the student-run radio station at the University of Georgia, has been a core part of it. Dedicated to supporting local artists and emerging artists elsewhere who are not getting played on larger media outlets, WUOG has become known for its alternative programing. While for WUOG, local means anywhere in Georgia, most of the local bands they support call Athens home. I spoke with music director Nathan Kerce and local music director Alec Livaditis about their eclectic format and their relationship with the local music scene.

Tell me about your roles as music director and local music director.
Nathan Kerce: My main job as music director is to sort through all of our music submissions, good and bad, and determine if they are a good fit for WUOG.
Alec Livaditis: As local music director, my job is to handle what goes into local rotation, maintaining the local archives, curating our live local music show Live in the Lobby and DJing our local music show Sound of the City on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10 p.m.

How would you describe WUOGs format?
N.K.: We try to keep things as eclectic and unexpected as possible. Our usual standard rotation definitely leans hard on traditional “indie rock,” mostly because thats what the large majority of promoters sen...

Q-Tip leads Times Sq. Ferguson decision protests; Killer Mike gives impassioned speech ++ other musicians' reactions
Nov 25, 2014 10:05am | Brooklyn Vegan

Q-Tip leading protests in Times Square last night (photo via @alphajada)

Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests sprung up all over the country. In NYC, Q-Tip lead protests in Times Square chanting "Whose streets? Our Streets!" and "Don't shoot! Hands Up!" Instagram videos of him in Times Square can be watched below.

Meanwhile, much much closer to the center of the story, Run the Jewels were performing in St. Louis, Missouri. Killer Mike, who sang about the police "terrorizing whoever, but mostly black boys" in his hyper-political song "Reagan," gave a moving, tearful speech during their set. "I knew it was coming...I knew it wasn't going to be good, but you motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them." You can watch it below.

Macklemore also took part in a protest in Ferguson, which Seattle King5 News has a clip of here.

Lots of other musicians expressed their feelings on social media. "I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace," Pharrell Williams tweeted. Talib Kweli tweeted, "I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sis...

Sleigh Bells That Did It (Feat. Tink) Video
Nov 25, 2014 10:02am | StereoGum

Last week, Sleigh Bells teamed up with Tink, a brash and badass Chicago singer/rapper who seems poised to take over in 2015, for a Red Bull-sponsored one-off called “That Did It.” Grant Singer directed the brand-new video for the song, and it has Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Tink getting all dressed up and striking some serious tough-lady poses. Derek Miller doesn’t even appear in the video, as far as I can tell; this is a lady-solidarity scene. It’s a fun, charismatic video, and you can watch it below.


Tegan And Sara Walking With A Ghost (Manila Killa Remix) (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 25, 2014 10:00am | StereoGum

“Walking With A Ghost” — and its corresponding White Stripes cover — is arguably the song that catapulted Tegan And Sara to a new level of fame. On an album filled with cyclical choruses and straightforward but layered sentiments, “Walking With A Ghost” is the best example of the form. “[It] was my way of describing the feeling of being haunted by memories,” Sara Quin explains in the upcoming book So Jealous X, which will accompany the reissue of the album. “It was important to me that we capture the helplessness of obsessive thinking and the stranglehold that anxiety could have on my mind.” And it certainly does: “Walking With A Ghost” is all hook, no verse — a repeating cycle that feels like you’re teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Quin turns the phrase around over and over, inflecting different words until she explores every possible permutation of the hook. The repetitive nature of the song also makes it a natural for remixes: the Manila/D.C.-based producer Manila Killa takes on that duty here, updating the classic for a new age by transforming it into a starry and slightly chilly electronic track. It’s one of five new remixes included on the 10th anniversary edition of So Jealous, and you can listen below.


Kal Marks Dont Pussy Foot With A Pussy Footer (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 25, 2014 10:00am | StereoGum

Kal Marks’ new EP Just A Lonely Fart is due out next week, and we’ve already heard two tracks from the Boston-based band, “Zimmerman” and “It Was A Very Hard Year.” It’s hard to describe Kal Marks’ music without using adjectives like downtrodden/depressing/defeatist; most of their songs do attempt to deconstruct some of the more menacing elements of our contemporary society, and they usually come to a similar conclusion: We’re all fucked. But I hesitate to describe Kal Marks as anything but honest and completely cathartic. It’s a privilege to be pulled into lead-singer Carl Shane’s mundane and contemplative world. “Oh I’ve never been so bored/ Somedays I just wanna die,” he sings on “Don’t Pussy Foot With A Pussy Footer.” To pussyfoot is to skirt the issue, to avoid the question at hand, to sidetrack. This band is never afraid of getting straight to the point. Listen.


Hooray For Earth announce breakup
Nov 25, 2014 9:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

New York synth rockers Hooray For Earth have called it quits. The band announced that Monday nights show at Brooklyns Glasslands would be “the last Hooray For Earth show ever. XO HFE.”

Prior to the announcement, the band also posted an Instragram video (below) featuring the caption “in th end u surrnded be ur frns.”

Hooray For Earth began in 2005 as the home recording project of singer and multi-instrumentalist Noel Heroux. After handling much of the bands early recordings on his own, including 2008s Cellophane EP, Heroux recruited several friendsto complete Hooray For Earth’s debut album, 2011s True Loves. From there, the full band went onto release a handful of singles and what would become their second and final full-length, this past summers Racy. Hooray For Earth were also noted for collaborations with fellow NYC acts Twin Shadow and Zambri.

Below, check out a few samples from Hooray For Earths discography.

Michael Feuerstack Clackity Clack (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 25, 2014 9:47am | StereoGum

Canadian indie rock veteran Michael Feuerstack has only been putting out music under his own name for a few years now, though he’s left a long trail of releases dating back to 1994 under the now-retired name of Snailhouse. He’s releasing a new record, The Forgettable Truth, next year and “Clackity Clack” is the first offering from it. The track is a heaving and gorgeous piece of music, anguishing and contemplative. “Only indecision can make a man regret what he hasn’t done” is just one of many poignant and beautiful lines that Feuerstack drops like rose petals. “This song chronicles how hard it can be to feel ok in our time — an ode to stay true in a world of media saturation and cult of personality,” Feuerstack explains. “Swathed in delays — the track was recorded largely live on the first take, with layers of vocals and strings added later.” Listen below.


Track Premiere: Book Club You Say It So Glacial
Nov 25, 2014 9:45am | CMJ

Atlanta’s Book Club is not a book club, but a band, though that doesn’t mean they’re not literary. Despite their music’s pastoral simplicity (they call themselves a “rural pop collective”), there’s a narrative weightiness to their sound. Take You Say It So Glacial, a single off their upcoming album One-Way Moon. Dripping with little but soft strings and the delicate harmonies of guitarist Robbie Horlick and Rachel Buckley, the song creates an atmosphere in its lyrics like, “You say it’s so glacial/like Mars or the moon/another world sometimes/in your room.” Here’s what Horlick had to say about the track and the experience of writing it immediately following a family trip to Iceland:

Some songs you slave over, and some just pour out of you. Its a mystery. And one of the most exciting parts of that mystery is when songs come to you whole. Paul McCartney dreamed all of Yesterday. I Love How You Love Me was written in five minutes on a cocktail napkin. George Michael wrote the sax melody for Careless Whisper on the back of an envelope on a plane. Theres something really pure about songs that come into the world fully realized. And thats how it was with You Say It So Glacial.

All of the lyrics for Glacial came to me in about five minutes. And when I got home [from Iceland], I picked up my gui...

Sleigh Bells and Tink share video for That Did It  watch
Nov 25, 2014 9:42am | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this month, noise pop outfit Sleigh Bells and rapper Tink teamed on “That Did It”. The excellent one-off track highlighted the tangible chemistry between Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss and the rising Chicago MC as the pair seemingly bounced off each other’s lyrics and vocal inflections as if they had been collaborators for years.

Now, Krauss and Tink reconvene for a highly choreographed music video. Directed by Grant Singer (Foxygen, Sky Ferreira), the clip features a whole lot of dancing, outfit changes, and other kinetic visuals that highlight both artists in a total groove. Watch below.

HOLY Golden Fog (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 25, 2014 9:32am | StereoGum

HOLY is the new project of north Sweden-based musician Hannes Ferm, but if I heard his debut single “Golden Fog” without knowing anything about him, I would have bet on him coming from someplace a little warmer. The Scandinavian countries are best known for two types of music: sparkling but icy pop, and discordant stuff that can either come in a post-punk or metal flavor. HOLY’s none of those things — instead, Ferm opts for a more romanticized version of garage rock, sweet and a little bit noisy but not oppressively so. On the chorus, he sings “flying through that open door” and the syllables are all stretched out, almost as if he’s screaming while in mid-air. And even though Ferm’s voice is drenched in reverb, his sentiments come across clearly. The track is taken from his debut EP, Silver Of Your Heart. Listen below.


Ariel Pinks Gorilla vs. Bear Mixtape
Nov 25, 2014 9:30am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Ariel Pink‘s brilliant, demented, and only sometimes infuriating new record pom pom is out now, and despite evoking bafflingly polarized reactions that seem influenced by mostly manufactured controversy (granted, he says some dumb shit), or that occasionally miss the point altogether, we think it’s one of the best records of the year. So we asked Ariel to take over the site for a day, and he made us this “mixtape” instead, featuring tracks from Puro Instinct, the Shaggs, Vashti Bunyan, Rexy, Cassie Ramone, Jewel, and more. It’s just a youtube playlist, but it somehow feels more telling than all of his half-hearted trolling and trash-talking combined. Check it out below, and stick around all day for more posts from Ariel’s crucial pom pom collaborators/band, including Jorge Elbrecht, Don Bolles, Tim Koh, and others.

Stay up on all of Ariel Pink’s (and his band’s) picks throughout the day here.

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