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Ka Lost Prophet Report
Sep 22, 2014 12:28pm | StereoGum

The DIY Brooklyn rapper and producer Ka made the meditative, mythic album The Night’s Gambit, one of last year’s best rap LPs, and he’s already followed it up with the only-available-on-CD EP 1200 B.C. Now, he’s become the latest artist to participate in this summer’s Adult Swim Singles Series, which has brought us a ton of heat rocks over the last few months. Ka’s contribution is called “Lost Prophet Report,” a bleary psychedelic rap opus with some prime John Carpenter keyboards. It’s both a good example of Ka’s aesthetic and a good example of what he can do when he pushes beyond that aesthetic. Download it below.


Rick Ross announces one-off London gig
Sep 22, 2014 12:23pm | NME
The rapper will play IndigO2 in November

King Crimson played 4 nights at Best Buy Theater (night 1 pics & review, all 4 setlists)
Sep 22, 2014 12:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by P Squared

King Crimson @ Best Buy Theater - 9/18/14

The sleeping giant became the roaring beast this past week as King Crimson rolled into town for four shows at NYC's Best Buy Theater Thursday (9/18) through Sunday (9/21). Specifically titled The Elements of King Crimson, this lineup has also been referred to as KC Mark VIII. Before going any further, let it be known that yes, I am a Crim geek. I am one of those who has sat in a room with headphones on for hours obsessing over their albums and songs as well as having seen the band live previous times. So after a long exhausting week I headed into the theater for night 1, tired as hell and not sure if I would be able to stay afloat for the entire evening. Unfortunately it did not start out well. Apparently everyone decided to arrive at the same time so the lines to get into into the theater were crazy long and moving slowly. Suddenly as I got to the front, some genius (apparently from the band's management) decided to shut the doors as the band came on stage giving out the edict that no one else could come in until the second song was done. Hmm, yeah, with a much older crowd, already imbibing and having paid a lot for tickets... well you do the math on how that went over. I'm standing outside the doors listening to one of my favorite bands kick into "Larks Tongues in Aspic pt 1." Argh. Luckily they rescinded the order after the first song and swung open the doors to let everyone el...

Stream: Christopher Owens new album A New Testament
Sep 22, 2014 12:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Singer-songwriter and former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release his sophomore solo album, A New Testament, on September 29th via Turnstile Records. For an advanced listen, it’s streaming in full at Pitchfork.

Owens’ latest 12-track effort follows up on his 2013 solo debut, Lysandre. The album was recorded with producer Doug Boehm, who also produced Girls’ sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Owens brings over genres from his previous projects for this newest release, delving into gospel and honky tonk.

Every new album is a new testament,” Owens said in a statement. “Its a testament to honest, earnest, simple songwriting three chords and the truth,’ songs inspired by the fundamentals of American musicGospel, Country, R&B, picking the songs for this record was exciting enough for me, because theyre some of the ones that speak to me the most, of my memories, real life experiences, my battles, my victories. But hearing the record actually take form and come to life was even more exciting than I imagined.

The album is preceded by three singles, “Stephen”, “Nothing More Than Everything To Me”, and “Never Wanna See That Look Again”.

Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.

A New Testament Tracklist:
01. My Troubled Heart
02. Nothing More Than Everything...

Video Premiere: The Wans – “Never Win”
Sep 22, 2014 12:15pm | CMJ

In the Wans’ new video for Never Win, the Nashville trio is down on their luck. What starts as a beautiful day soon devolves into a series of mishaps involving birds, bikes, young black-belts and some really unpleasant-looking sunburn. Here’s what the Wans frontman Simon Kerr told us about the video:

I initially came to [directors] Jason [Denton} & Steve [Voss] with a rough idea of all of us having the worst day ever, and we built the video around that idea. I was made to look as gross as possible, while Thomas [bass] wore a karate outfit the entire day and Mark [drums] wore a speedo the entire day. Jason and Steve wanted us to look as ridiculous as possible.

The video really shows our sense of humor. We take our music pretty seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. The majority of the time we’re laughing and making fun of each other in the van while we’re on tour.

Never Win is the lead track off the band’s recent album, He Said, She Said. We’ve got the premiere of the video, which you can check out below along with the Wans’ dates at CMJ Music Marathon.

Show Dates For The Wans:
10/21- BMI Showcase at Knitting Factory – NYC
10/21- Bar Matchless – NYC
10/24- Spike Hill – NYC
10/25- Arlene’s Grocery – NYC

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Paul McCartney shares 'Meat Free Monday' lyric video - watch
Sep 22, 2014 12:10pm | NME
The former Beatle is asking members of the public to skip meat ahead of the UN Climate Summit

Holly Herndon and Mira Calix contribute music to Ada Lovelace-inspired robot installation
Sep 22, 2014 12:07pm | Fact Magazine

Next month The Vinyl Factory presents The ADA Project by artist Conrad Shawcross at its exhibition space in Soho, London.

Bringing the project to London for the first time, Shawcross has invited four female musicians to respond to the movements of an industrial robot, hacked and programmed by the artist to create four unique choreographies. Turning the commissioning process on its head, Shawcross has created the parameters for the robots movements to inspire, rather then be determined by, the pieces of music.

Drawing inspiration from mathematician Ada Lovelace, whose work with inventor Charles Babbage is heralded as among the very first in proto-computer programming, Shawcross worked closely with his four sets of collaborators, inviting Holly Herndon, Mira Calix, Beatrice Dillon & Rupert Clervaux and Tamara Barnett Herrin & Mylo to immerse themselves in Adas story and study the robot over a period of time at Shawcross studio.

Each composition will be pressed by The Vinyl Factory as one of four limited edition laser-etched 12 vinyl records, each accompanied by one of four artists prints, hand signed and numbered by Conrad Shawcross, with the singles also available alone as a larger edition.

With Lovelace pre-empting the birth of computer generated music by more than a century with her prediction that Babbages complex counting machine might co...

Song : Running in the Fog : $ign$
Sep 22, 2014 12:05pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

Running in the Fog is the project of name of San Francisco native Amanda Harper. As the name might suggest, her music is heavy on atmospherics blending spacey sounds and vocal delivery that could be categorized as R&B pop. Her latest song is “$ign$’ released via Los Angeles all-female record label Unspeakable Records. It plays out like it is almost in slow motion allowing the listener to fully take in all the different elements of alluring sound. Stream and download below.

Centro-Matic released new LP, calling it quits after Farewell Tour in December (dates, streams)
Sep 22, 2014 12:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds (stream it via Rdio). All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic recently announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus. Wrote frontman Will Johnson:

For a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate the existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the four of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can't say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-matic has done.
Before that, however, Centro-Matic will be going on one last tour, which will include two NYC stops: December 11 at Rough Trade with Joseph O'Connell's long-running lo-fi indie project Elephant Micah and December 12 at Mercury Lounge with Will's New Multitudes bandmate Anders Parker & Cloud Badge. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show beginning Wednesday (9/24) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a video from the new album, below...

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Listen to two rejected demos Dev Hynes recorded for Britney Spears
Sep 22, 2014 11:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

When Dev Hynes isn’t making music as Blood Orange, he’s writing bonafide hit singles for Sky Ferreira (“Everything Is Embarrassing”), Solange (“Losing You”), and others. Hynes also worked with Britney Spears on her 2013 record, Britney Jean, though his contributions ultimately failed to make the final tracklist. However, thanks to an anonymous SoundCloud user, two of Hynes’ demos for Spears have now made their way online (via Pigeons and Planes).

Not quite as catchy as Spears’ latter-day hit “Work Bitch”, both tracks aim more for the sentimental and saccharine quality of her earlier material. “Demo 1″ pairs up moody and glitchy synths with skittering drum machines. Featuring falsetto cries of “Leave us alone,” it’s a slow-burning number which Spears’ could have probably nailed with the right kind of guidance. Meanwhile, “Demo 2″ is more of a lovelorn piano ballad.

Last year, Hynes spoke to the Guardian about the ill-fated collaboration, hinting at bad blood between him and Britney’s camp and expressing dismay at their decision to name the commercially safe Will.I.Am as the album’s Executive Producer. “They’d always come back with why they didn’t like it and it wouldn’t make any sense. I’d almost prefer them to say: ‘We’re scared we’re not going to make...

Ryan Adams plans to release lost album 'Blackhole'
Sep 22, 2014 11:47am | NME
Singer wants to give official release to 2007 album for 2015's Record Store Day

Video : The Antlers : Refuge
Sep 22, 2014 11:45am | My Old Kentucky Blog

With the cooling temperatures, we have found ourselves coming back more frequently to The Antlers’ grossly underrated latest LP, Familiars. The album is truly made for this time of year. Today, they unveiled a smoky shape and color shifting video for the track “Refuge”. If it didn’t resonate the first go around, it is a reminder to go back and give it another spin. Watch below.

Charli XCXs Sucker Pushed Back Due To Boom Claps Unexpected Success
Sep 22, 2014 11:44am | StereoGum

Charli XCX’s “Break The Rules” arrived with the news that her new album Sucker would be out 10/21, but the rising star announced in a series of tweets today that the album’s release date has been pushed back. Sucker will now be released 12/16 in the US and 1/26 in the UK and Europe. It’s also got a revised album cover (above). The rationale for the postponement is that “Boom Clap,” which hit the internet way back on 4/11, has continued to endure near the fringes of the top 10 for far longer than expected. Find Charli’s dispatches below.


Only Real to play Jack Rocks The Macbeth
Sep 22, 2014 11:40am | NME
Intimate London show will take place on October 9

Krill streaming "Peanut Butter," touring, playing CMJ; ex-Krill drummer's band Brunch released an EP & touring too
Sep 22, 2014 11:39am | Brooklyn Vegan

Krill (photo by Ethan Long)

Quirky indie rockers Krill released their newest EP Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears earlier this year via Exploding In Sound, and now they're teaming up with two of their labelmates, Ovlov and LVL UP, plus the great Radiator Hospital for a 4-way split due October 14 via Double Double Whammy/Exploding In Sound. Krill's new single "Peanut Butter" appears on the split, and you can check that out below.

Krill also have a ton of tour dates coming up this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 2 at Shea Stadium with Sorority Noise, Told Slant and Pinegrove, and then they return to NYC for CMJ. So far they're playing the official EIS showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Ex-Breathers, Lost Boy?, Flagland, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Two Inch Astronaut and Geronimo!; and then they play EIS's unofficial CMJ party/birthday party on October 25 at Silent Barn with more bands TBA. That Trash Bar show's got a great lineup all around, and chances are the Silent Barn one will too. Stay tuned. All of Krill's dates are listed below.

In related news, former Krill drummer Luke Pyenson moved to London for school after leaving the band, and while there he formed a new band, Brunch. Brunch will be coming to the US for a short Northeast tour in the fall which includes a couple of the stops on the Krill tour. They won't be at any...

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