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Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpops B-List
Apr 23, 2014 11:02am | StereoGum

Akin to the early-’90s post-Nirvana feeding frenzy in the Pacific Northwest, the Britpop explosion of the mid-’90s spawned a similar slash-and-burn signing boom on the other side of the pond. And as with post-Nirvana culture, the milieu surrounding Blur and Oasis gave way to a litany of fates for bands just hungry for their slice of attention in what rapidly became an over-saturated and bloated scene. There were keepers — the Divine Comedy were seemingly impervious to a slightly raised profile, and have a nearly peerless discography, while Ash astoundingly continue to dazzle, playing from the same deck of cards as Brad Pitt in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, capturing the spirit of youth with even more alacrity as they ostensibly age in reverse. There’s also the feckless dreck — Ocean Colour Scene, 60 Ft. Dolls, and Dodgy were tailor-made to cynically exploit the successes of their contemporaries, and they failed miserably, releasing largely insipid albums. And then there were the bands that perhaps didn’t have what it take to swing for the fences, but nonetheless made the most of their fleeting moments in the spotlight. The prime example of this template is Drugstore, who released one of the more underrated albums of the ’90s with their Radiohead-championed self-titled debut. Rock and roll notoriously gets interesting at its fringes. We’ve chosen 20 of Britpop’s notable wannabes and also-rans to feature i...

Listen: Torres new song New Skin featuring Sharon Van Etten and The War on Drugs
Apr 23, 2014 11:01am | Cosequence Of Sound

Nashville singer-songwriter Torres has contributed a new song called “New Skin” for the latest installment of Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through web series. She’s not alone either, enlisting the help of special guests Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs own Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Chris Wilson.

The melding of such talent works especially well here on “New Skin”. Having channeled brooding indie rock on past releases Torres on her 2013 self-titled debut, Van Etten on 2012′s Tramp both women blend naturally, coming across as powerful, yet unafraid to be flawed, their smoky vocals merely a glimpse of the deep emotional fire from which they draw. Similarly, guitars cut and hiss with precision during the track’s pointed, sweeping bridge, a breakdown you might easily expect to hear wailing out of The War on Drugs or Ted Leo camp. Listen in below.

An alternate version of “New Skin” is expected to appear on Torres’ forthcoming new album. Below, watch a Shaking Through video about the recording of the song.

Tiny Moving Parts releasing a split w/ Old Gray before new LP on Triple Crown (new track stream +++ tour dates)
Apr 23, 2014 10:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

Minnesota post-hardcore trio Tiny Moving Parts recently signed to Triple Crown Records (Into It. Over It., Weatherbox), who will release the J. Robbins-produced followup to their 2013 debut LP, This Couch Is Long and Full of Friendship, at some point in the near future.

While we're still waiting on more details about that, it won't be very long until we hear new Tiny Moving Parts music. They're also releasing a split with Old Gray on May 20 via Kind of Like Records, Broken World Media (Derrick from TWIABP's label) and Dog Knights (click each label link to pre-order). We've got the premiere of one their contributions to the split, "Fair Trade." Like the songs on their debut LP, this one combines the passionate lyrical shouts of a band like La Dispute with noodley Kinsella-style math-emo. You can check it out for yourself by listening below.

Tiny Moving Parts begin their tour with Frameworks tonight (4/23) and after that they'll be in the NYC-area to play day 2 (5/18) of NJ's Skate & Surf Festival which also features Pianos Become the Teeth, United Nations and more (tickets). Then in June they'll go on the just-announced tour with Modern Baseball, The Hotelier and Sorority Noise which hits NYC on June 5 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/23) at noon.

All dates are listed, wit...

Watch Beck Play Kimmel
Apr 23, 2014 10:57am | StereoGum

Now that his lovely singer-songwriterly album Morning Phase is out and his two Coachella sets are done, the Beck comeback is officially in full swing. Last night, he brought his single “Blue Moon” to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel had Beck perform on the show’s outdoor festival stage, which was smart, since California twilight is probably the ideal place and time to hear a song like “Blue Moon.” Watch the performance below.


Apr 23, 2014 10:53am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Lee Bannon is serious about this jungle revival: fresh off announcing a short run of spring dates with DJ Rashad (and one with Sophie!) LB drops an alternately haunting and exhilarating new track called “BLOOD/LINE“. Listen/rave at your desk below, and check those dates after the jump…

Thursday 24 April 2014 Club Vinyl, Denver, CO, US with dj rashad and dj spinn
Friday 25 April 2014 The Hoxton, Toronto, ON, Canada with dj rashad and dj spinn
Thursday 08 May 2014 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA, US with dj rashad and dj spinn
Saturday 17 May 2014 Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, US with sophie

Watch Googles Overdramatic Moving Portrait Of Future Islands
Apr 23, 2014 10:50am | StereoGum

Future Islands have been getting tons of attention ever since 4AD signed them and David Letterman co-signed them. One of the oddest examples is this new “moving portrait” from Google Play in which footage of bandmates Samuel T. Herring, William Cashion, and Gerritt Welmers staring sentimentally at the camera is matched with audio recordings of their responses to questions about what makes them happy, what they need in life, etc. Some of the story behind new album Singles is included. Watch below.


Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Captain Murphy plot European tour
Apr 23, 2014 10:46am | Fact Magazine

The Brainfeeder crew heads to Europe next month.

Flying Lotus (and his Captain Murphy alter ego) will be joined by bass virtuoso Thundercat on a ten-date tour of Europe. Brainfeeder will hit Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, France and the UK; the full list of dates is below, via this excellent flyer.

Flying Lotus recently dropped a free collection called Ideas+Drafts+Loops and revealed that a prog-influenced album, a collaboration with James Blake and more Captain Murphy material are on the way.

Watch: tUnE-yArDs Water Fountain Video
Apr 23, 2014 10:45am | CMJ

In tUnE-yArDs new video for Water Fountain, a lot of things are happening. Merrill Garbus herself portrays some sort of weird, goofy art teacher playing with balls on her fingers and doing choreography. The video is riddled with bright, dynamic images, not allowing for a moment of boredom. It switches mediums seamlessly, going from fuzzy puppets dancing around monster couches to a odd segment that feels like playing Super Mario on acid. It’s bright and a little creepy while remaining super creative and cool, much like tUnE-yArDs’ music. Check it out and get pumped for her new album Nikki Nack, out May 6 via 4AD.

The post Watch: tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain” Video appeared first on CMJ.

Angel Haze on friends and family's reaction to her sexuality: 'they think I'm an abomination'
Apr 23, 2014 10:36am | NME
Haze says, 'Some rappers are gay. Get over it'

Listen: Atmospheres new songs I Dont Need No Fancy Shit and Idiot
Apr 23, 2014 10:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

For Record Store Day, Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere released The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single, which featured six brand-new songs. Spanning 23 minutes, the effort includes “Kanye West” and “Bitter”, from the pair’s forthcoming Southsiders LP; the Deluxe bonus track “Prelude to Hell”; last year’s standalone single “Bob Seger; and two exclusive tracks, “I Don’t Need No Fancy Shit” and “Idiot”.

While there’s no word on their origins, both songs represent a unique side of Atmosphere. “I Don’t Need No Fancy Shit” epitomizes the pairs no-frills take on hip-hop, with a simple piano line providing a steady rhythm for Slug’s lyrics about a life of genuine simplicity over lush extravagance. Meanwhile, “Idiot” is a bit more playful, with lines about selfies, Kirby Puckett, and alien abductions over a nerdy take on early N.W.A. production.

Listen to both tracks below:

“I Don’t Need No Fancy Shit”:


Southsiders is due out May 6th via Rhymesayers Entertainment.

The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single Tracklist:

Slug Side:
01 Kanye West
02 Bob Seger
03 I Don’t Need No Fancy Shit

Ant Side:
04 Bitter
05. Idiot
06. Prelude To Hell

TEEN The Way And Color
Apr 23, 2014 10:30am | CMJ

It is difficult to define where TEEN falls on the genre spectrum. Harmonious as they are experimental, their second album, The Way and Color, sounds like they recorded some conventional R&B vocals and then sent them to a gaggle of jazzy space robots for production tweaking. While frontwoman Teeny Liebersons voice may strike just the right balance of sultry and raspy, dont expect this album to get you in that mood, exactly. The band—consisting of her sisters Kathleen on keyboard and Lizzie on drums, with Boshra AlSaadi on bass—counteract her seduction with galactic sonic blasts. Picture Erykah Badu singing in a lounge on the moon backed up by a jittery Martian band.

Teenys vocal performance throughout the album displays unbounded versatility as she switches through registers smoothly with a graceful tone. The single, Not For Long, is where we first appreciate her voice as it carries the groove. The more sharp staccato notes lend to the overall delicacy that characterizes her sound. Perhaps the most provocative she gets is during Sticky, a down-tempo track that begins with just a groovy bass until Teeny leads the song into a gospel-tinged, semi-a capella middle section all the way to a grand ending where her vocals are played in reverse. Its as if the band is following her lead on whether or not to swell or quell their own energy. The song highlights Teenys fearless ability to lead her band until they&r...

Brother-sister duo KNOX premiere smoky Redline off Boysnoize debut
Apr 23, 2014 10:27am | Fact Magazine

The Red Bull Music Academy alumni prepare their latest effort.

Siblings Nic and Eliza Coolidge are KNOX, a project that pairs smoky vocal harmonies with equally hazy electronics. The duo have already worked with the likes of Maya Jane Coles and Throwing Snow, and they’ve linked up with Boysnoize for their third EP, Thieving of Well.

“We are inspired by so much,” says the band in a statement. “From the consequential sound events of walking down the street, to classical music, to industrial underground. We try to absorb as much as we can and emit what feels natural.”

Stream the loping ‘Redline’ below. The EP is due out on May 12 on digital and vinyl and is backed by a remix by Throwing Snow.

Torres New Skin (Feat. The War On Drugs & Sharon Van Etten)
Apr 23, 2014 10:27am | StereoGum

Back when I was a teenage nu-metal fan, “New Skin” was the song that got me into Incubus, which actually was a huge upgrade from some of the dreck I was subjecting myself to at the time. I’ll still ride for the Incubus song, but this new Torres song called “New Skin” is perhaps more in line with our collective notions of good taste and quality. Mackenzie Scott recorded the tune for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s web series Shaking Through with a band including Sharon Van Etten, the War On Drugs members Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley, and Ted Leo/RX drummer Chris Wilson. It’s in line with the mournful and bombastic alt-rock that inspired us to name Torres one of last year’s best new bands. Find audio and video of “New Skin” below plus a featurette about the recording session.


Listen to a Jeff Mills guest mix on NTS Radio
Apr 23, 2014 10:27am | Fact Magazine

The Wizard stops by the London station.

Jeff Mills stopped by NTS Radio, dropping a guest set and talking to Moxie about Man From Tomorrow, the non-narrative film of which he is the subject.

Listen below. For more Mills, check out footage of him DJing in 1983 and read FACT’s interview with the techno innovator from last year.

Jeff Mills – 18th April 2014 by Nts Radio on Mixcloud

Pharrell Marilyn Monroe Video
Apr 23, 2014 10:26am | StereoGum

Now that “Happy” has conquered the known universe to the extent that even your mom is starting to get sick of it, Pharrell has finally gotten around to making another video. It’s for “Marilyn Monroe,” the opening track from his deeply enjoyable new album G I R L, and it works overtime to get Pharrell into various rooms with as many women as possible. There’s a lot of dancing in this video — in a rehearsal studio, on a candy-colored set, on a fake Broadway stage. And only some of that dancing is there to get gratuitous butt-shots of stretching women in there, though god knows this video isn’t hurting for gratuitous butt-shots. I’m pretty sure the woman dancing with P at the end of the video is his wife Helen Lasichanh, which means she’s presumably cool with this whole thing. It’s a bright, colorful video, and you can watch it below.


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