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Full of Hell & Merzbow - Blue Litmus
Nov 20, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
On this basis, theres a case to be made for Merzbow producing all grindcore albums ever.

Savages and Bo Ningen - Words to the Blind at Oval Space
Nov 20, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The post-punk psych-noise collaboration captured in pictures by Siamak Amini.>

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust - Acoustic Dust
Nov 20, 2014 2:29am | Drowned In Sound

I saw Sonic Youth play live - for the first and, almost certainly, only time - in December of 2010. They leant heavily on The Eternal - probably their last ever record, now - and frankly, they looked knackered. Whether they were already battling with the issue that would ultimately end Thurston Moores marriage to Kim Gordon, and split the band in the process, was unclear, but either way, it became clear that even if Moore hadnt chosen to unceremoniously end his 27-year relationship by way of adultery, Sonic Youth would probably have disappeared for a while, anyway. They evidently needed a break.

Which makes you wonder, of course, how the individual members post-Youth output to date would have been judged, if they were able to release it against a backdrop that wasnt dominated by probably the most high-profile divorce in indie rock history. Certainly, Gordons experimental project with Bill Nace, Body/Head, went down a treat with the critics. Very recently, Moores The Best Day LP was hailed as his best work in a good long while. And, as usual, Lee Ranaldo went underappreciated. Whether he ever felt like a third wheel in Sonic Youth is one thing; the fact that the press so routinely treated him as such was frankly criminal. His first album with new band The Dust, Last Night on Earth, came out about a year ago. It was superb.

Ranaldos next move, then, is to release an acoustic record - like Moore has do...

Martha - Courting Strong
Nov 20, 2014 2:29am | Drowned In Sound

Many would argue that the concept of bands writing songs about growing in the grim old north is a tired one, a path trodden so heavily down the years that theres precious little of interest left for anyone to write about the subject. Still, once a decade or so, youll find a group who can circumvent the cliches and portray the heart and soul of their world so eloquently that it catches the listening public off-guard. In my music-buying lifetime, two big examples in the shape of Pulp and Arctic Monkeys spring to mind. Both bands essentially changed the way a generation of kids saw the world simply by writing clever pop songs which somehow made the city they grew up seem at once the loneliest and most exhilarating place on the planet.

While County Durhams Martha may not yet had as a momentous an impact on popular culture as the aforementioned two bands, to me their debut album Courting Strong paints just as vivid a picture of growing up in the pit village of Pity Me as their forebears did with reference to Sheffield. Whether theyre singing about love, gender identity and sexuality or kids getting pissed up outside a cathedral, the four-piece gang exhibit a delicious mastery of the art of balance. Their songs are at once clever but not smart-arsed, fun but completely serious, catchy but lusciously enriching.

The most telling illustration of Marthas canny instincts in getting the tone just right comes in the way they use words t...

Annie Mac announces full details of new festival Lost & Found
Nov 20, 2014 12:25am | Fact Magazine

Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac has announced details of her new festival, Lost & Found.

Based in Malta, the festival launches next April (3-5), with a dance-focused line-up headed up by Carl Craig, Duke Dumont, Eats Everything and Kaytranada.

In a press release, Annie says “Having attended festivals all my life, I did not enter into this project lightly. I’ve worked with the team involved for 10 years now, we’ve visited Malta, toured the event spaces and hotels, and all worked together to curate what i think is an incredible line-up. Expect boat parties, beach parties, night time open air raves and plenty of AMP surprises!”

“After visiting the island it was unequivocal it should be the home of our AMP festival; its extremely beautiful and the people there are so warm and welcoming. Its going to be a very special weekend.”

For more information and tickets, head here. Here’s the full line-up – more names will be announced in the coming months:

Lost & Found line-up:


Radiohead are back in the studio recording their next album
Nov 19, 2014 11:35pm | Fact Magazine

The band have begun work on their follow-up to 2011′s The King Of Limbs.

Back in July, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood announced that the band were planning to start recording new material by the end of the year. We now have confirmation that they’ve done exactly that.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 (scroll to the 1:34:00 mark), guitarist Greenwood confirmed that Radiohead are in the studio working on their ninth LP.

Im late, theyve all gone there now, joked Greenwood, before confirming the band is in fact playing and recording. He added that the album is still in its early stages and that the band don’t know what sonic direction it may take.

I always feel as when we start up like we still dont know really how to do it, and we dont know quite what to do. Looking down avenues is a very kind way of putting the kind of fumbling that we do, mainly because every time we try and do it like the last time because that worked, it never seems to work. So we talk about different approaches and were currently trying a bunch out.

After working on Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s most recent solo album, the LP might be marketed with the help of Oxford MBA students.

[via Consequence of Sound]

What's going on Thursday? (Phosphorescent, Shamir, Mykki Blanco, Kid Millions, Nils Frahm, Les Sins, Natur & more)
Nov 19, 2014 11:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Phosphorescent at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

"Top Secret" @ Death by Audio
There are just three nights left of much-loved Death by Audio and none of the remaining lineups have been announced. Who could it be tonight?

Phosphorescent (solo), Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (solo) @ Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn continues tonight with a great double bill that has the leaders of two local folk rock bands in solo mode.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing 'Black Mountain Songs' @ BAM
In addition to The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they're also regulars in the indie/classical scene and they've now co-curated a new piece 'Black Mountain Songs' that makes its world premiere, performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, tonight. The piece features music by Dessner and Parry, as well as by Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and others. There are also performances Friday and Saturday.

Ryan Hemsworth, Tennyson, Maxo @ Bowery Ballroom
While Ryan Hemsworth has helmed beats for rappers like The Underachievers and Deniro Farrar, he's also got a good amount of solo material and has been dropping singles ahead of a new upcoming release. Before we g...

Nina Kraviz kicks off her new label with a compilation featuring Terrence Dixon and more
Nov 19, 2014 11:10pm | Fact Magazine

 The first release on Kraviz’ newly-minted imprint brings together old and new faces.

Nina Kraviz has unveiled the details of the first release on her new label, known as (or trip for non-Cyrillic spellers). In line with its name, the label’s focus will be on the trippier, acidic side of electronic music that has become Kraviz’ hallmark.

The Deviant Octopus EP will kick off the imprint, featuring a combination of fresh and experienced producers. Kraviz has contributed two of her own tracks to the compilation and is joined by Terrence Dixon (under his Population One moniker) and fellow veterans Steve Stoll and Exos.

Exos’ contribution is the only previously released track on the EP, having originally arrived through Icelandic techno imprint Plast Trax in 1998.

The EP also features tracks from newcomers Bjarki and Parrish Smith.

The Deviant Octopus EP will be released in a double-vinyl pack on December 8. You can preview clips from the EP below.


A1 Nina Kraviz – Prozimokampleme
A2 Steve Stoll – Pop Song
B1 Nina Kraviz – IMPRV
B2 Bjarki – Polygon Pink Toast
C1 Population One – Out of Control (Vocal mix)
C2 Population One – Bonus Beats
D1 Exos – Nuclear Red Guard
D2 Parrish Smith – 1.0 / 8.0 Afrik...

Check out this MIDI-controlled organ the size of a toaster
Nov 19, 2014 10:20pm | Fact Magazine

The Tine Organ is built on a combination of magnets and MIDI.

Artist and musician Matthew Steinke has somehow managed to pack the rich sound of a cathedral-esque pipe organ into a MIDI-controlled device the size of a toaster.

Rather than using a wind chest like a typical pipe organ, the Tine Organ instead utilises a combination of electromagnets and steel tines. The magnets pulse with modulation at a specific frequency and the pull and release of the tine causes them to resonate continuously with a particular tone.

The Tine Organ is capable of producing 20 chromatic notes, starting at middle C, with full polyphony and can be controlled using either a standard keyboard or a synthesizer app on a smart phone.

You can hear the Tine Organ for yourself above.

[via Synthtopia]

Radiohead are in the studio right now
Nov 19, 2014 9:52pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Radiohead previously said they planned to return to the studio before year’s end to begin work on their ninth album, and we now have confirmation that they’ve done just that.

In a new interview with BBC Radio 1 (scroll to the 1:34:00 mark), guitarist Jonny Greenwood said the band is in the studio right now. “I’m late, they’ve all gone there now,” Greenwood quipped, before confirming the band is in fact “playing and recording.” He added that it’s still early in the process and “we don’t know” what sonic direction the album may take.

I always feel as when we start up like we still dont know really how to do it, and we dont know quite what to do. Looking down avenues is a very kind way of putting the kind of fumbling that we do, mainly because every time we try and do it like the last time because that worked, it never seems to work. So we talk about different approaches and were currently trying a bunch out.

Whenever it finally does surface, the album will serve as the follow-up to 2011′s The King of Limbs. See our list of 12 potential songs that could end up on the new LP.

Leapling Crooked
Nov 19, 2014 9:12pm | StereoGum

Leapling’s “Crooked” is a lot of different things at once: a sauntering rock song that recalls early era Death Cab, a soppy and shoulder-rolling dance number that doesn’t seem like it should get you to move but does, and a mellow rumination on existential dream and desire. “I’ve been waiting for the world to turn my way/ to remind me of a long and better day,” vocalist Dan Arnes sings plainly. His unaffected singing style allow the drums and pointed magnetic guitar playing to shimmer around him, cyclical and repetitive but never boring. The riff is kind of like cheap wine in a way: better the more that you have of it. The Brooklyn-based four-piece will release their debut album, Vacant Page, early next year. Listen to “Crooked” below.


She & Him premieres video for Stay Awhile video watch
Nov 19, 2014 8:29pm | Cosequence Of Sound

She & Him are missing a few things in the video for their cover of “Stay Awhile”. Zooey Deschanel dances and sways through a retro-styled house, but no one’s there to catch her when she dips, leaving her to float in the air. M. Ward, meanwhile, strums as if there’s an instrument in front of him, though he could use some lessons on how to pantomime holding a guitar neck. The duo is really just fooling about with green screen, but it adds a tangible sense of loneliness to Dusty Springfield’s classic song. Watch it below.

“Stay Awhile” is the lead single off She & Him’s forthcoming album of “timeless standards,” Classics. Due December 2nd via Columbia Records, the album features songs such as Unchained Melody, Well Meet Again, and Its Always You performed alongside a 20-piece orchestra. Already we’ve heard the duo’s versions of Frank Sinatra’s “Time After Time” and Carole King’s “Oh No, Not My Baby”.

Interpol and Hundred Waters have been stuck in a snowstorm since Tuesday morning, cancelled two shows, live tweeting it
Nov 19, 2014 7:52pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Interpol and Hundred Waters are on tour together, though they actually haven't played since their Columbus, OH show on Monday (11/17) because they've been trapped inside their snowed-in bus outside of Buffalo since around 4 AM Tuesday morning. Last night's Toronto show was cancelled, as the band posted on their website:

Our bus is trapped in a snowstorm just outside of Buffalo. We haven't moved our position on the road in over nine hours. Unfortunately, we'll have to cancel tonight's concert at the Kool Haus. We were greatly looking forward to the show but the big bad winter has come early this year. We will be informing people of a new date as soon as we can.
And now Thursday's Montreal show is cancelled too...
It's with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our show tomorrow night in Montreal. We've been stranded in a snowstorm outside of Buffalo for over 40 hours and still don't know when we'll be able to move from our current position. We're disappointed that we won't be able to visit as scheduled but we'll make it up to you, Toronto and Montreal. We love you guys. We were really looking forward to the shows.
As of this post, they're still stuck around 9 PM on 11/19, over 40 hours since they were able to move. As Stereogum points out, guitarist Daniel Kessler and touring member Brandon Curtis have been live tweeting the whole thing...


On our way t...

She & Him Stay Awhile Video
Nov 19, 2014 7:43pm | StereoGum

She & Him will release their Classics covers album in a few weeks, and they’ve just shared a video for their take on Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile.” M. Ward does a pretty impressive job pantomiming guitar playing, and Zooey Deschanel dances around with a ghost and gets carried off into the clouds. The whole video is set in a fancy retro-chic home. Watch below.


Quarterbacks Center
Nov 19, 2014 7:26pm | StereoGum

Quarterbacks got their start in the New Paltz scene, building a name for themselves on sickly sweet and wry love songs that never travel over two minutes in length. Home recordings of these tracks were put out by songwriter and vocalist Dean Engle on a series of tape releases for Double Double Whammy, including the marvelous Quarterboy, one of my favorite releases of the past year and what comes pretty close to serving as a definitive testament to the lo-fi pop charms of the group. They’ve just announced their first full-band effort: a self-titled full-length that squeezes 19 songs into just over twenty minutes, and includes rerecorded versions of tracks from their past releases, including highlights like “Sportscenter,” “Pool,” and the effortlessly charismatic “Center.” Their new amped-up sound gives “Center” a razor-sharp edge, and make the anxiety that permeates the song more prominent. The lyrics are deeply personal and poignant — take the second verse, for example: “I had waited two years to talk to you/ helped you move into your new house/ left hand prints in the closet before we moved you out/ Looking up at that room now, still half hoping that you’ll come down.” And then there’s that killer last line: “I recognize that love is mostly situational,” which carries so much pathos that it physically hurts. Engle’s mellow vocals lead the song along with a gentle...

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