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Hear an extract from JD Twitchs rejected Commonwealth Games mix: Im still raging about it
Jul 23, 2014 10:12am | Fact Magazine

Glasgow 2014 organisers “forgot” to tell Optimo don he’d been replaced by someone more famous.

With the opening ceremony for this year’s Commonwealth Games due to kick off in a matter of hours, here’s a snippet of what we could have heard soundtracking the events in Celtic Park.

The 12-minute clip is an extract from a mix by JD Twitch, one half of Glasgow’s Optimo crew and all-round DJ legend, which he was asked to put together by the Games’ organisers at the beginning of the year.

But after dropping most of his other projects to spend “a ridiculously long time” researching a mix that represented the Caribbean, African and Asian nations participating in the Games, Twitch submitted his first attempt and never heard back. According to Twitch, after weeks of emailing the organisers with no reply, he was playing a gig when another artist on the bill “sheepishly came over and told me he had taken over the job from me”.

“I’m still raging about it as when several weeks after that, they finally got in touch they informed me they had ‘forgotten’ to tell me i had been replaced!!” he adds.

Luckily for our inquisitive ears, he’s decided to make the Caribbean section of the mix available for streaming, and while the organisers’ restrictions meant he “couldn’t squeeze any of...



Bloc Partys Kele Okereke announces new solo album, Trick
Jul 23, 2014 10:10am | Cosequence Of Sound

Following the release of The Nextwave Sessions EP last summer, Bloc Party announced an “indefinite hiatus”. It looks like frontman Kele Okereke will once again focus his efforts on his solo career, as he’s just announced plans for his sophomore LP.  Serving as the follow-up to 2010s The Boxer, Trick is due out October 14th via Lilac Records/Kobalt Label Services.

In anticipation, Kele has unveiled the albums teaser trailer. Based on the one-minute snippet, the 10-track album seems to be geared toward a more rhythmic, club-ready musical aesthetic. See it below, followed by the tracklist.

Trick Tracklist:
01. First Impressions
02. Coasting
03. Doubt
04. Closer
05. Like We Used To
06. Humour Me
07. Year Zero
08. My Hotel Room
09. Silver and Gold
10. Stay the Night




Midweek chart update: La Roux narrowly behind Ed Sheeran in race for Number One
Jul 23, 2014 10:06am | NME
New album 'Trouble In Paradise' is only a few thousand sales behind Sheeran's 'X'



Song : Oyinda : Rush of You
Jul 23, 2014 10:02am | My Old Kentucky Blog

When you book your live debut at a festival like Lollapalooza before you have yet dropped an official single, it is safe to assume that you have some pretty heavy-hitters working on your behalf behind the scenes and also amazing talent. Thus is the case with London-raised, New York-based Nigerian singer Oyinda, who just unveiled her debut song “Rush of You”. The song is as polished as you would expect with out sounding manufactured and shows tremendous promise for this new face on the scene. Expect more from her in the coming months as she puts the finishing touches on her debut EP. Listen below.


Shura Just Once
Jul 23, 2014 10:00am | StereoGum

The fragile, beautiful debut single “Touch” put Moscow-via-London singer Shura on the map. Now her second single has arrived, and it’s described as a prequel to the first one. Like “Touch” before it, “Just Once” distills the essence of ’80s pop classics like “Time After Time” and “Like A Prayer” and gently breathes it into a misty funk groove not unlike what you’d hear on a Blood Orange record. And like “Touch,” “Just Once” has an instantly memorable chorus: “Have you ever been lost? We could get lost. I wanna get lost.” Get lost in it below.

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Listen: Marz Leon - “Fire” [Premiere]
Jul 23, 2014 10:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Los Angeles' Marz Leon returns with new track "Fire", the follow up to her Mike Dez produced debut "L O N E R".

Bloc Partys Kele Announces New Solo Album Trick
Jul 23, 2014 9:58am | StereoGum

Bloc Party is still a going concern, but frontman Kele Okereke went solo in 2010 with his own dance-flavored album The Boxer, and he’ll do it again later this year with a new album called Trick. Since recording his last album, Kele has gone deeper into the dance-music world, DJing every week, and the short Trick teaser he’s shared shows that influence. In the minute-long clip, you can hear bits of UK garage and of insular, intimate R&B. Below, check out that teaser and the album’s tracklist.

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The Range Rayman
Jul 23, 2014 9:55am | StereoGum

Portland label Dropping Gems will soon release their fourth annual Gem Drops compilation, and today you can hear the contribution made to that comp by James Hinton, aka the Range, titled “Rayman.” The song is only three-and-a-half-minutes long, and Hinton takes his time building it up, but ultimately hits the sort of blissed-out peak that his songs often strive for. Listen to it below.

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Saintseneca drop off Fashion Meets Music Festival because R. Kelly is headlining
Jul 23, 2014 9:55am | Brooklyn Vegan

Saintseneca at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Columbus, OH indie folk band Saintseneca were set to play this year's Fashion Meets Music Festival in their hometown, but they've dropped off the fest due to the headliner that was booked: R. Kelly. Here's an excerpt of what Saintseneca had to say:

Fashion Meets Music Festival happening in Columbus was a very exciting prospect to us; a way to represent our city and help form its identity, as well as a symbol of new things to come. We were very honored and excited to be asked to be a part of it.

That being said, we were disappointed that the artist selected to headline the festival was R. Kelly. We feel his selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault. We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society.

As a result, we've decided to withdraw from the festival. This is in no way meant to be a direct attack on the festival or its organizers; in fact, we genuinely appreciate their hard work and their commitment to bringing something new and exciting to our hometown. It is just that being so closely associated with this artist, especially here in our own hometown, is something we are not comfortable with.

Jim DeRogatis points out that electronic duo Damn the Witch Siren dropped off the fest for the same reason too. Read Saintseneca's full statemen...

Ryan Adams debuts four new songs, covers HAIM in first concert of 2014
Jul 23, 2014 9:48am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo via @jeffersash / Instagram

Last night in Portland, Maine, Ryan Adams performed his first concert in support of his forthcoming 14th studio album. The 20-song setlist included the live debut of several songs appearing on the LP, specifically lead single “Gimme Something Good”, “Stay With Me”, “When the Summer Ends”, and “Am I Safe”. In addition, he covered HAIM’s “If I Could Change Your Mind”.

Below, check out a few fan-shot videos from the performance and the full setlist.

“Dirty Rain”:

“Oh My Sweet Carolina”:

“Come Pick Me Up”:

Setlist:
Gimme Something Good
Dirty Rain
Fix It
Do I Wait
Stay With Me
Political Scientist
Let It Ride
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Everybody Knows
Catherine
Peaceful Valley
This House Is Not for Sale
Beautiful Sorta
Shadows
Two
When The Summer Ends
Change Your Mind (HAIM cover)
Am I Safe
Crossed Out Name

Encore:
Come Pick Me Up

Adams will play in Burlington, Vermont this evening before heading to Newport, Rhode Island for an appearance at this weekend’s Newport Folk Fest. Better yet, that performance will be streamed live online via NPR. See the rest of Adams’ newly expanded tour docket below.

Adam...


Ryan Adams debuts five new songs during first concert of 2014
Jul 23, 2014 9:48am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo via @jeffersash / Instagram

Last night in Portland, Maine, Ryan Adams performed his first concert in support of his forthcoming 14th studio album. The 20-song setlist included the live debut of several songs appearing on the LP, specifically lead single “Gimme Something Good”, “Stay With Me”, “When the Summer Ends”, and “Am I Safe”. In addition, he covered HAIM’s “If I Could Change Your Mind”. Correction: “Change Your Mind” is actually from Adams’ forthcoming 1984 album.

Below, check out a few fan-shot videos from the performance and the full setlist.

“Dirty Rain”:

“Oh My Sweet Carolina”:

“Come Pick Me Up”:

Setlist:
Gimme Something Good
Dirty Rain
Fix It
Do I Wait
Stay With Me
Political Scientist
Let It Ride
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Everybody Knows
Catherine
Peaceful Valley
This House Is Not for Sale
Beautiful Sorta
Shadows
Two
When The Summer Ends
Change Your Mind
Am I Safe
Crossed Out Name

Encore:
Come Pick Me Up

Adams will play in Burlington, Vermont this evening before heading to Newport, Rhode Island for an appearance at this weekend’s Newport Folk Fest. Better yet, tha...


Bleached Poison Ivy Video
Jul 23, 2014 9:48am | StereoGum

Yesterday, the tough L.A. garage-poppers Bleached released their three-song For The Feel EP; we posted the title track a little while back. The band has a new video for their sneery, catchy EP track “Poison Ivy.” It captures their performance on the pilot of the Check Yo Ponytail TV show’s pilot episode, as well as what happens when the old-timey TV showing that performance doesn’t work quite right. Jesus Rivera directed the clip, and you can watch it below.

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Lana Del Rey says 'Fucked My Way To The Top' song is commentary on public perception of her
Jul 23, 2014 9:45am | NME
Singer also talks about demolishing a recent relationship with 'depression and insecurity'



Watch Jack White enjoying a Cubs game (like everyone watching live on TV did), Eddie Vedder too
Jul 23, 2014 9:42am | Brooklyn Vegan

(pic via @mobute)

If you watched yesterday's Cubs-Padres game on TV, you may have seen Jack White in the stands. That Cubs jersey almost fits in with Lazaretto's sapphire color scheme, with a bit of the old White Stripes palette in there too. While he probably had a good time, the screencap above could inspire Sad Keanu-like memes. (UPDATE: It has already.)The ever-fact-filled announcer notes "his new record is really really good" and also recommends It Might Get Loud, the documentary with White, The Edge and Jimmy Page. Eddie Vedder was there too and this is part of a "3 ballparks in 3 days" run for White.

Watch a clip (via CoS) of the Cubs game, and check out a pic with Vedder, below.

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Alvvays Alvvays
Jul 23, 2014 9:40am | CMJ

The breezy guitars, midcentury beehive-indebted melodies and general aw shucks-ness of the flood of surf-gaze bands from the last few years are like summer—youd have to be Dick Cheney in a particularly sour mood not to enjoy it. But even the most golden-haired surfer needs to eventually get out of the sand and go eat something, run in late to work, and ultimately cede that the days are getting shorter. Unless you’re all “tra-la-la,” which is fine, but not Alvvays.

Alvvays’ version of squinting ahead in the calendar includes a slight icy air (maybe because theyre from Toronto?) to their beachy vibes on this nine-song debut . Their fuzzy stuff has a solid pulsing groove throughout, and they shove in unexpected analog synth whizz-wirrs, especially effective in the opener, Adult Diversion. Singer Molly Rankin can, most notably in the single Marry Me, Archie, reach and raise up her ubiquitous chanteuse-in-training tra-la-las out of the fuzz-pop morass and approach a coy-croon that expresses real emotional neediness and vocal ambition. Most indie singers seem to pick only one of those options.


Of course she can creak into grade school talent show earnestness on the higher notes (Party Police, The Agency Group) thats charming for a while, but is also a sound that’s starting to get stale in the indie rock world. The infantilization of indie rock could be a community col...

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