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Musicians react to Ferguson: A collection of voices against police brutality
Aug 21, 2014 3:13pm | Chart Attack

The shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police Officer Darren Wilson has sparked protests around the United States, along with a vicious and heavily militarized police presence. As more journalists are arrested and tear gas is fired at peaceful crowds, the eyes of the world remain fixed with outrage on The Most Democratic Country Ever.

Brown's murder and the aftermath have inspired musicians to speak out in different ways against police brutality. We've gathered a variety of statements that address these developing events.

Lauryn Hill

The ex-Fugee and reclusive genius has played "Black Rage" at shows, and uploaded a rough cut of her "Favourite Things" reworking as a response to Ferguson's turmoil. Here are the lyrics.

Saul Williams

His Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear Me closed after a month, so the rapper/poet has more time to quietly spit potentially improvised stanzas into his phone.

Blood Orange

Dev Hynes and his partner Samantha Urbani of Friends were attacked by security guards at Lollapalooza. Hynes suffering damage to his leg (ironically, at the time he was wearing a shirt protesting violence against black men, and had just finished speaking on these issues during his show). In a video produced by Okayplayer he discusses the incident at a concert in Central Park and in an interview:

"You don't want it to be real, but...

Hear Ty Segall Talk And Perform On Marc Marons WTF
Aug 21, 2014 3:12pm | StereoGum

Ty Segall is about to release his fantastic new album, Manipulator, and to promote it, he made a stop on Marc Maron’s WTF. Maron is super excited in this interview — he just jumps right in with absolute fervor talking about how he came across Segall’s music. Maron describes the new double album as “everything [Segall]’s been working towards.” At the end of the hour, Segall does an acoustic version of album track “The Singer,” so give it a listen and be sure to stream Manipulator afterward.


Earth, Cult of Youth, JG Thirwell & Noveller, Soft Pink Truth, Dream Police, others playing David Lynch Foundation benefits
Aug 21, 2014 3:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.

The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:

In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.

How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.

Things Just Happen That Way: The Strange Search For Lewis
Aug 21, 2014 3:08pm | Chart Attack

There's an uncanny trick to the songs on LAmour, a 1983 private press record credited to an artist named Lewis. The misty warbling and hazy production suggest a bracing vulnerability without ever explicitly expressing much of anything at all. It's incredibly personal, individual, detached, spectral and indistinct, somehow all at once. The identity of the debonair man who made it, staring confidently from the record sleeve, is at once strongly stated and yet totally inscrutable. It draws you in, but there's nothing to grasp onto.

Perhaps that's what's driven the fascination with the long lost artist Lewis (or as he was born, Randall Wulff), who, following the reissue of LAmour on Light In The Attic records, has captured the imagination of a significant segment of the music press, earning plaudits from The Guardian, Pitchfork and The LA Review of Books, among others. Since the record was first rediscovered by collector Jon Murphy in an Edmonton flea market in 2008, the identity of Lewis has been a subject of fevered speculation, Lewis' missing biography garnering at least as much interest as the music itself.

On August 8 of this year, Light In The Attic briefly tracked him down, confirming that, yes, Lewis is real and, yes, despite many reports and rumours, he's alive. If anything, though, the brief encounter with the real life Lewis has only deepened the mystery, never quite exposing the&...

Torche planning new LP, announce tour (dates)
Aug 21, 2014 3:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)

Masters of hooky heft Torche are hitting the road in September for a North American tour before heading out to Australia in October. The trek will roll through cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, and, Atlanta. On September 27, the band will drop into NYC's Saint Vitus. Tickets and supporting slots will be announced soon. The full list of dates appears below.

Torche will have a new album on the way in 2015 via Relapse Records. Their relations have also been busy. Tilts are following up their June-released Cuatro Hombres with a demo collection that will be available in September and can be streamed in full below. And Floor still have copies of the fancy single Homegoings and Transitions, a song pulled from comeback effort Oblation that was released in April.

All of the dates along with streams from Torche, Tilts, and Floor appear below.

Continue reading "Torche planning new LP, announce tour (dates)" at brooklynvegan

M83 Shares Lower Your Eyes To Die With The Sun Video, Reissues Classic LPs
Aug 21, 2014 2:58pm | CMJ

Since the release of 2011’s Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, triumphant electronic project M83 has been everywhere. In addition to producing the totally ubiquitous Midnight City, the band has provided the soundtrack for the swelling emotional peaks of roughly half of the movies you’ve seen in the past two years. The French group, helmed by the outrageously talented Anthony Gonzalez, announced recently plans to reissue the first three M83 albums, all of them previously out of print. 2001’s M83, 2003’s Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts and 2005’s Before The Dawn Heals Us will get the reissue treatment from Mute on August 25, followed by two compilations of B-sides and remixes from the latter two albums on September 9.

Today, the band has also unveiled a brand new music video for Before The Dawn Heals Us closing track, Lower Your Eyes To Die With The Sun, arguably one of the tracks which first attracted people to the band. The gorgeous music video seems to depict the immediate aftermath of a car accident in extreme close-up and extreme slow-motion. Basically, it is mostly footage of stuff crashing, flying and blowing up in slo-mo, which is kind of what you already picture when you listen to M83, right?

Check out the video, and the tracklists for the remix and B-side compilations, below.

Tracklist For D...

Listen to Ty Segall on Marc Marons WTF podcast
Aug 21, 2014 2:56pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Ted Maider

The prince of pysch rock himself, Ty Segall, appears as the guest on today’s episode of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. Turns out our 2013 Comedian of the Year has become quite the super fan after stumbling onto Segall’s band FUZZ at the recommendation of Permanent Records.

Over the course of their conversation, Segall discusses his childhood, his various musical projects, and his battle with tinnitus. He also performs “The Singer”, one of the songs set to appear on his latest album, Manipulator.

As an added bonus, you also hear Maron do a sick Tom Waits impersonation.

Listen to the full episode at WTF’s website.

Only Real Pass The Pain
Aug 21, 2014 2:52pm | StereoGum

Only Real got some attention for the song “Cadillac Girl,” which featured a sort of half-rapped vocal style. Now he’s got a new one called “Pass The Pain,” which sounds less like a bedroom project and more like an actual rock band. Listen to it below.


Beck and Jenny Lewis duet on Rod Stewart's 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?'
Aug 21, 2014 2:49pm | NME
The touring partners performed the cover in Redmond, Washington

Deaf Wish St Vincents
Aug 21, 2014 2:47pm | StereoGum

Melbourne band Deaf Wish have been releasing albums since the late 2000s, but haven’t gotten much attention in the US. That is likely to change now that Sub Pop has gotten ahold of them. This October will bring the release of their EP St. Vincent’s +3. Now you can listen to the first of the four songs, “St. Vincent’s,” a deathly noise-rock jam that frontwoman Sarah Hardiman absolutely dominates. Above is the unsettling artwork, which looks like The Man Behind Winkie from David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. got all dolled up for a beauty pageant. Listen below.


Watch Beck & Jenny Lewis Cover Rod Stewarts Da Ya Think Im Sexy?
Aug 21, 2014 2:39pm | StereoGum

Last night, Beck played Marymoor Park in Seattle with opener Jenny Lewis. As part of the show’s encore, Beck and Lewis took the stage together to do a surprisingly reverent and unironic version of Rod Stewart’s 1978 cheez-disco smash “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Beck and Lewis traded off verses and even kinda looked and moved in convincing disco fashion. Watch.


Watch Talib Kweli Go Off On CNNs Don Lemon During Ferguson Interview
Aug 21, 2014 2:26pm | StereoGum

In the past week and a half, plenty of artists have had plenty to say about the tragic killing of Michael Brown and the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Talib Kweli has been there for a few days, and earlier today, he became the latest to appear on CNN, speaking with Don Lemon, the network’s face on the ground and the target of many who feel that the network’s coverage is too soft on police. During his seven-minute interview with Lemon, Kweli started out by saying that Twitter has been doing a better job covering the protests than the mainstream media has, and when Lemon tried to step in to defend CNN’s coverage, Kweli went off on him. Kweli wasn’t a dick about it, and he stayed controlled and incisive the whole time, but he called out Lemon on everything from the wording of the articles on CNN’s website to Lemon’s own interview demeanor. Check it out below.


Listen: Only Real Pass The Pain
Aug 21, 2014 2:25pm | CMJ

Niall Galvin, the Londoner who makes music under the name Only Real, just dropped a new single, Pass The Pain, off his currently unnamed debut LP for Harvest Records. Galvin’s tart British twang and goofball lyrics like, “If you like it like me, we can make it booo,” make the track’s heavy-lidded psychedelia sound like something completely unexpected. Only Real’s debut is scheduled to drop in early 2015. Listen to the track and check out a few show dates below.

Tour Dates For Only Real:
09/18 – Reeperbahn Festival – Hamburg, Germany
10/21-25 – NYC – TBA
11/27 – Hoxton B&K – London, UK

The post Listen: Only Real – “Pass The Pain” appeared first on CMJ.

Talib Kweli destroys CNN over coverage of Ferguson protests
Aug 21, 2014 2:19pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Rapper Talib Kweli has spent much of the week in Ferguson, Missouri, joining the citizens protesting the shooting of Michael Brown. This afternoon, he appeared on CNN to discuss the situation; however, the conversation didn’t go nearly as pleasantly as the one Killer Mike had with the cable news network yesterday.

Kweli took CNN anchor Don Lemon to task over the network’s coverage of the protests, referencing several articles on that contained incorrect information. “We live in a world of white supremacy and that’s the narrative and language of the oppressors taking over,” Kweli said. The rapper also criticized Lemon for failing to greet him prior to the interview. At one point, things got so heated that Kweli literally walked off camera.

Watch below.

The Drums stream new song 'I Can't Pretend' - listen
Aug 21, 2014 2:02pm | NME
The duo release their third album 'Encyclopedia' on September 22

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