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Stephen Colbert sold Michael Stipe at a yard sale watch
Dec 18, 2014 8:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Last night marked the penultimate episode of The Colbert Report and Stephen Colbert had some house keeping to do. As fans of the show are aware, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has been sitting on Colbert’s Shelf of Honor since the band’s breakup in 2011, right alongside a passport for his testicles, a bottle of ass juice, and Bill O’Reilly’s microwave. Not everything will make the trip to Colbert’s CBS Late Show, however, so last night he held a yard sale. Stipe went for 50 cents 25 cents. Watch the funny segment below, along with an clip of Stipe, Mandy Patinkin, and Colbert singing “Good King Wenceslas” on a past episode.

Maybe I’m on an island here, but Stipe would make a pretty great bandleader for Colbert when he takes over the Late Show from David Letterman next year.

Watch King Tuff Rock Ridiculous Winter Clothes On Conan
Dec 18, 2014 8:01am | StereoGum

Conan O’Brien, with his pompadour and his longtime Jack White homeboy status, has always come across as something of a garage rock head. So I imagine he was amped when garage snot-lord King Tuff was the musical guest on his show last night. On the show, King Tuff and his band blazed their way through “Eyes Of The Muse,” the single from their new Black Moon Spell album. They also wore some commendably ridiculous thrift-score winter clothes. Conan liked it so much that he apparently actually scared the band with how quickly he bounded out. Check out the performance below.


Listen: Darlia - Pandemonium (Petals Acoustic Version) [Premiere]
Dec 18, 2014 7:51am | The Line Of Best Fit
The track will feature on Darlia's upcoming mini-album Petals, as will the original.>

King Tuff scorches Conan with Eyes of the Muse watch
Dec 18, 2014 7:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

Vermont garage rocker Kyle Thomas, aka King Tuff, served as musical guest on last night’s episode of Conan. He supported his latest release, Black Moon Spell, with a killer performance of “Eyes of the Muse”. Check out the replay below.

In related news, King Tuff will return to the road next year for dates alongside J Mascis, Ex Hex, Father John Misty, and Jacuzzi Boys, as well as an appearance at South by Southwest. See his full itinerary here.

Watch Icelandic singer and composer Petur Ben in session
Dec 18, 2014 7:16am | The Line Of Best Fit
The talented songwriter treats us to 'Painted Blue', a soft and unsettling number>

Fabric reportedly facing closure after new license review
Dec 18, 2014 6:50am | Fact Magazine

London clubbing institution Fabric is reportedly facing closure after police called for a review of its license.

According to the Islington Gazette - ITV and the Evening Standard are also running with the story – police made the move after an MDMA-related death in September. Officers claim that eight people have collapsed from ecstasy use in the last three years at Fabric, four of whom later died, and they are “seriously consider[ing] revoking the club’s license.

In a report, Ch Supt Steve Deehan said: Immaturity of lifestyle of the patrons leads to them becoming actively involved in the taking of illegal drugs and this could account for the disproportionate and wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue.

The licensing commitee are reviewing Fabric’s license tonight, the club will not comment on the story until then.

Story being expanded.

Watch: Oceaán - Veritas
Dec 18, 2014 6:28am | The Line Of Best Fit
The video was directed by Ozzie Pullin and sees two energetic dancers cut shapes around the streets of Peckham.>

Watch: Tonik Ensemble - Until We Meet Again (feat. Shipsi) [Premiere]
Dec 18, 2014 6:16am | The Line Of Best Fit
Sigrún Hreins has directed the visuals, an animated saga of love about a forlorn mannequin seeking completeness.>

Listen: Male Bonding - Falling [Premiere]
Dec 18, 2014 5:09am | The Line Of Best Fit
The noisy trio had been keeping schtum for way too long until last week's surprise-released track "A Kick To The Face".>

Live Report: Manic Street Preachers perform The Holy Bible
Dec 18, 2014 4:39am | Drowned In Sound

Manics fan Marc Burrows ventured out to see them perform their "masterpiece"...

Manic Street Preachers

Roundhouse, London Dec 16th 2014

Twenty years on. Twenty years gone. Yet here we are. The improbable has happened and the three members of the Manic Street Preachers are performing the whole, vile, violent, festering mass of the The Holy Bible, their masterpiece. His masterpiece. £35 a ticket and here we are. Faux camouflage t-shirts and pretend dog tags on the merch stall. Tonight you can buy her this one here, this one here and this one here... everythings for sale. Fragments of uniforms, open black ruins. Dumb cunts, same dumb questions.

In every respect its important that the three are alone on the stage. If they cant be four, they certainly cant be anything else. Not for this. James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Sean Moore and a shitload of cammo netting. Sailor suits and screaming. No too-young-by-half rhythm guitarist, no sideman keys, no fucking percussionist (percussionists? Did that ever happen?) It means they struggle.

The army surplus backdrop is set dressing, not a safety net.

Sometimes, on the solos in Archives Of Pain, on the breathless chorus to Mausoleum, on every last word of Yes it sounds difficult. Bradfield seems to carry the whole thing on his shoulders. You can hear the effort. It SHOULD be an effort. It should hurt. Theres nothing about The Holy Bible...

Label of The Year 2014: Transgressive Records
Dec 18, 2014 4:24am | The Line Of Best Fit
Transgressive Records have a rich history and an exciting future, we celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of a truly modern label.>

Bobby Shmurda arrested in narcotics and weapons sting
Dec 18, 2014 4:20am | Fact Magazine

Bobby Shmurda was arrested on Wednesday as part of a long-term investigation into gang-related shootings and drug trafficking.

The ‘Hot Nigga’ rapper was one of 15 people arrested in a sting by a violence reduction task force, including G-Unit’s Sha Money XL and several members of Shmurda’s group GS9. He was reportedly sitting in a car outside Quad recording studios in Manhattan, a location famous for being the site of the 1994 non-fatal shooting of Tupac. A raid on his vehicle led to 16 weapons being confiscated, the New York Daily News reports.

Kati Cornell, a spokesperson for New Yorks Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, confirmed the arrest to city newspapers. Shmurda is now being held ahead of his Manhattan supreme court arraignment.

It’s not the first time he’s been arrested this year in June he was indicted on weapon charges for carrying a loaded Glock handgun, and in October he was arrested for possession of marijuana.

The rapper’s Shmurda She Wrote EP came out in November, featuring his hit single plus tracks with Rowdy Rebel and Ty Real.

Dark Entries to reissue vintage Detroit electro from DJ Maestro
Dec 18, 2014 4:15am | Fact Magazine

Ever-reliable reissue stable Dark Entries has announced a split EP of rare and out of print Detroit electro from Sam Anderson, AKA DJ Maestro.

Motor City resident Anderson learned to DJ during a stint in the Marines in the early ’80s, and on returning to Detroit he got his introduction to making and recording music with techno godfather Juan Atkins.

In 1986 he launched his Nu Sound II Crew alias and self-released his first 12″, a space-themed, Kraftwerk-influenced dark electro track titled ‘The Speed of Light’. Distributed by Atkins’ Metroplex Records, only 500 copies were made. Later that year he followed it up with the vocoder-assisted track ’1001 Beats’.

By the end of the decade Anderson was using a bunch of different aliases to release his music, including Magnus II, under which his put out the chunkier, EBM-tinged ‘Roctronic/Space Age’ in 1993. Dark Entries’ split EP will feature both of those Nu Sound II Crew singles and all three mixes of the ‘Space Age’ single  you can hear clips of them all below.

The tracks have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and the sleeve is designed by Eloise Leigh with original illustrations from 1988 by Kevin Mann. Each copy includes a postcard with a photo of Anderson’s Nu Sounds crew DJing in 1984. It’s out on January 13.

Listen back to Benji Bs Best of 2014 special
Dec 18, 2014 1:32am | Fact Magazine

Benji B spins the best records of 2014.

Benji B dedicated all three hours of his Radio 1 show last night to a special best of 2014 edition, playing a selection of tracks chosen by his show’s listeners.

There’s something for everyone in the mix, from Dean Blunt to D’Angelo, King Krule to Kaytranada and James Blake to Jeremih.

You can listen to the whole thing via BBC Radio 1. Check the full tracklist below.


Skepta Thats Not Me (Megamix) (feat. D Double E, Tempa T & JME) [Boy Better Know]
DJ Spinn All My Teklife [Hyperdub]
Rick Ross Rich Is Gangsta [EMI]
Drake 0-100 [OVO]
Flying Lotus Coronus the Terminator [WARP]
Kaytranada At All [XL]
Midland Before We Leave [Phonica White]
Bok Bok Need This [Night Slugs]
Martyn Fashion Skater [NINJA TUNE]
Arca Wound [Mute]
Travi$ Scott Dont Play (feat. Big Sean & The 1975)
Young Thug Danny Glover
A$AP Ferg Shabba (Remix) (feat. Busta Rhymes, Migos & Shabba Ranks)
Dizzee Rascal Strings (Wen Refix) [Keysound]
Wiley On A Level [Big DADA]
Fatima Al Qadiri Shanghai Freeway [Hyperdub]
FKA twigs Numbers [Young Turks]
Actress Xoul [Werk Discs]
Flying Lotus Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) [Warp]
Little Dragon Klapp Klapp [Bec...

What's going on Thursday? (Soulside, Opeth, Walter Martin, Real Estate, Rufus Wainwright, Ice Choir, Krill & more)
Dec 17, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Real Estate at Pitchfork Fest 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...

Soulside, Sweet Jesus @ Saint Vitus
Before there was Girls Against Boys, members of that band were in Dischord/DC post-hardcore band Soulside, who broke up back in 1989 but have influenced a ton of bands since. Now they're back and tonight's their second of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus (both sold out). Opening is Sweet Jesus, who feature members of Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control, and are a pretty good fit.

Opeth, In Flames, Red Fang @ Terminal 5
Metal vets Opeth continued their trek into straight up progressive rock on this year's Pale Communion. Tonight they play the big Terminal 5 with Swedish DMers In Flames and Portland riffers Red Fang.

Walter Martin, Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
Having released holiday single "I Walk So Slow (Under The Mistletoe)," together Walter Martin (of Walkmen) and Kat Edmonson will now celebrate the season with a festive show.

Real Estate, Shorts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Real Estate cap off a very busy year with this free show presented by Converse Rubber Tracks. All free tickets have been claimed already, natch.

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwrig...

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