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The Twilight Sad Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
Oct 31, 2014 9:21am | CMJ

Scotland’s the Twilight Sad have amassed an impressive catalogue of indie rock at its most brooding. What makes their music unusual, and particularly compelling, is that they convey gloom, not with dirges and hushed minor ballads, but with inescapably loud and direct rock songs. Their 2007 debut, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, was an unstoppable collection of angsty, noisy guitar rock. From there, the band’s sound took a turn for the brutal with the darker, excellent Forget The Night Ahead and then a turn for the industrial with the electronica-tinged No One Can Ever Know. Seven years after the release of their debut, the band took the opportunity to look back, reissuing Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters and performing the album live in its entirety around the world. Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave is the band’s first new music since that brief bought of nostalgia. As such, it serves as a reminder of all the things the band does best, honing and refining their sound to produce what might be their most compelling collection of songs since their debut.

All Twilight Sad albums are growers, and in most respects, Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave is no different. The band’s wall of ringing guitars and pounding drums, taken in combination with singer James Graham’s deep baritone and thick accent, result in something th...

Marissa Nadler played CMJ, made a Halloween playlist (listen)
Oct 31, 2014 9:15am | Brooklyn Vegan

Marissa Nadler has no upcoming tour dates at the moment, but she just finished a tour and was in NYC to play CMJ showcases for two labels: Sacred Bones at Trans Pecos and Bella Union at Le Poisson Rouge. We don't have video from those shows, but watch a full set she played in the KEXP studios earlier this year, below. How were the NYC shows?

Meanwhile, it's Halloween, and who better to get a playlist from on this dark holiday than Marissa Nadler. Listen to the creepy holiday mix she made at Spotify. Enjoy selections by Billie Holiday, Mazzy Star, Ry Cooder, John Carpenter and more.

Continue reading "Marissa Nadler played CMJ, made a Halloween playlist (listen)" at brooklynvegan

Stream Ho99o9 Mutant Freax EP (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 31, 2014 9:15am | StereoGum

Looking for some disturbing music to soundtrack your Halloween weekend? Look no further than Ho99o9 (pronounced “horror”), the duo behind a highly intimidating brand of aggro rap. Ho99o9 are releasing their three-track EP specially for Halloween, and today we share it with you. “Da Blue Nigga From Hell Boy,” a post-apocalyptic, formidable diatribe delivered with unbridled aggression and fervor, kicks things off. Nodding to Death Grips in its prevailing sense of doom, and Tyler, The Creator in its confrontational attitude, the track could soundtrack a traumatic nightmare or a zombie takeover. “Don’t want your money, just the sounds of hearing you bleed,” is growled over calculated explosions of bass interspersed with shrill screams. From there, “Hated In Amerika” is an all-out hardcore song, and “Dark Paradise” closes out the tracklist with a hellish ethereal slow jam. The EP artwork should give you a good idea of what it sounds like. Get into the Halloween spirit and listen below.


Watch Perfume Genius Give A Stunning Performance On Letterman
Oct 31, 2014 9:14am | StereoGum

Perfume Genius brought “Queen” to Letterman last night. Rocking an all-white suit with a collar around his neck, Mike Hadreas gave a stunning performance for his late-night TV debut. His voice sounds a little shot, but he’s been on tour non-stop since the end of August so that’s understandable. What he lacks in vocals, he makes up for in his characteristic intensity. Watch below.


video premiere: Gazelle Twin Exorcise
Oct 31, 2014 9:11am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Gazelle Twin drops the creepiest, most disturbing exercise vid of all time. “Warped VHS copy of a lost ’80s horror flick” vibes courtesy of director Chris Turner. UNFLESH is out now Anti-Ghost Moon Ray / Last Gang Records. Gazelle Twin’s North American fall tour starts next week, check all of the dates after the jump…

Amanda Palmer Calls Out The Haters Protesting Her Upcoming Event With Jian Ghomeshi
Oct 31, 2014 9:08am | StereoGum

Early this week, the Canadian broadcast network CBC announced that it had severed its relationship with the broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, amidst allegations that Ghomeshi had non-consensually beat up four different women during sexual encounters. Ghomeshi responded on Facebook, claiming that his first accuser was a jilted ex and that he enjoys consensual BDSM. That whole “consensual” thing has come under increasing scrutiny in the past few days; The Toronto Star reports that eight different women (including one Canadian TV star) have come forward to accuse Ghomeshi of violence, sexual abuse, or harassment. Amanda Palmer had been planning to have Ghomeshi as a guest during a forthcoming book tour stop in Toronto, and she weighed in on Facebook, writing that “of course” Ghomeshi would still be a guest and that “what happens behind closed doors is never knowable.” Since then, she’s jumped on Facebook to further address the situation, and her latest missive uses the word “hate” four different times. Here’s what she writes:


Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks made a short film & a Halloween themed playlist; Animal Collective expand DJ tour
Oct 31, 2014 9:05am | Brooklyn Vegan

Animal Collective member Avey Tare put out the debut album with his band Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks earlier this year, and they've now made a short film for its song "Catchy (Was Contagious)." Here's what director Abigail Portner had to say about it:

I wanted to make a video that referenced old horror movies from the 1950s Universal horror era. I am obsessed with movies like The Third Man, Truffaut's 400 Blows and Ingmar Bergman's films. I wanted it to have the style of classic old LA so we used the LA river and the neighborhoods surrounding it as locations. The movie Them from the 1940s was shot on the LA river and I wanted it to have that feel also. Parts of Grease and Chinatown were filmed there too. The videos I make for Animal Collective and my own personal style is pretty specific so it was great to work with Giovanni because I feel like he just got it. We were on the same page thematically, reference-wise and with regards to the style of filming and our goal - to create something that has a classic, pretty 1950's feel to it but the undertone is still very dark.
The film looks pretty great and thanks in part go to Giovanni Ribisi who goes behind the camera here for his first Director of Photography credit. The short film makes its live premiere tonight before the band go on at the Haunted Hotel Bash at the Ace Hotel in LA, and you can watch it below.

Also for the occasion, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks have made a ...

Avey Tares Slasher Flicks pay homage to classic horror films in video for Catchy (Was Contagious) watch
Oct 31, 2014 9:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Flying Lotus’ clip for “Ready Err Not” may contain severed heads and mutant spiders, but let me submit something more subconsciously spooky: the video for “Catchy (Was Contagious)” from Avey Tares new band Slasher Flicks.

Directed by Abigail Portner, the black-and-white clip follows a young boy as he encounters a bevy of classic horror movie archetypes, including Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. What it lacks in blood, it makes up for by hitting you in the part of the brain where you’re still a young kid and the whole world is huge and menacing and out to gobble up your bones. One question, though: how does this frail lil’ kid have the stamina of an Olympic marathon runner? Ponder that as you watch below. I suggest gorging on a bag of candy corn or “peanut butter something” while doing so.

“Catchy (Was Contagious)” is off the band’s debut album, Enter The Slasher House, out now via Domino.

Peaking Lights Illuminations @ Plan B, London 28/10/14
Oct 31, 2014 9:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Rockfeedbacks Illuminations series continues with a dub pop twosome reveling in dark psychedelia.>

Robin Thicke And Pharrell Lose First Legal Battle Against Marvin Gayes Estate
Oct 31, 2014 8:55am | StereoGum

Robin Thicke and Pharrell have been in a heated legal battle with Marvin Gaye’s estate over similarities between “Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up,” and it’s been a complicated and convoluted affair so far. Spin reports that Judge John Kronstadt ruled yesterday that the estate “made a sufficient showing that elements of ’Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ’Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.” Thicke and Pharrell were seeking a summary judgement in the case, but because of Judge Kronstadt’s ruling, the case will continue forward as planned with a trial scheduled for February 10, 2015.


Kendrick Lamar performs new single i to kick off NBAs 2014-2015 season watch
Oct 31, 2014 8:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

Last night, Kendrick Lamar helped kick off the 2014-2015 NBA season in style by headlining a concert outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Inside the arena, meanwhile, the New York Knicks gave Michael Roffman the ultimate wedding present by ruining Carmelo Anthony’s homecoming. More on that later, though.

Among the highlights of Lamar’s set was one of the first live performances of “i”, the lead single to his upcoming studio album. The track also serves as the official anthem for this year’s NBA season. Replay the performance below.

Owen releases Depeche Mode cover from new LP (listen)
Oct 31, 2014 8:36am | Brooklyn Vegan

Mike Kinsella w/ American Football at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, Mike Kinsella is releasing a new Owen album of covers called Other People's Songs on December 2 via Polyvinyl. He's already released the Smoking Popes cover and the Against Me! cover, and now he's put out his cover of Depeche Mode's "Judas." Like the others, he really makes it sound like an Owen song. Check it out below.

Continue reading "Owen releases Depeche Mode cover from new LP (listen)" at brooklynvegan

Tim & Barrys footwork documentary featuring Rashad and Spinn to premiere at Londons ICA
Oct 31, 2014 8:34am | Fact Magazine

Go and watch this ace full-length film on Chicago’s legends-in-the-making.

Don’t Watch That honchos Tim & Barry will premiere their documentary on Chicago footwork at the Institute of Contemporary Arts next month.

I’m Tryna Tell Ya is a look at the origins and development of footwork, both as a sound and a dance style, as told by the scene’s most vital personalities, from the late great DJ Rashad and his buddy DJ Spinn to Traxman, RP Boo, DJ Earl and more. As well as meeting some of the best dancers in the city, the filmmakers go behind the scenes with the producers to watch them sampling records, recording vocals and laying down tracks.

NTS Radio and Hyperdub will host the premiere at the ICA on The Mall on November 15 at 8:50pm. Tickets are available now priced from £9.

MTV Unplugged In New York Turns 20
Oct 31, 2014 8:32am | StereoGum

Funny thing about suicide: It’s not a mystery to be solved. When someone you know, or someone you admire, takes her own life, there’s always a temptation to rifle through your memories of that person, looking for some clue of what might happen. It’s not there — or, if it is, there’s usually no reason to think of it as a clue at the time. I once had a next-door neighbor, a guy I didn’t really know, who killed himself one afternoon while I was home on the other side of his living room wall. The street filled up with emergency vehicles, cops milled around outside and refused to answer questions, and the dead man’s loved ones walked and and walked out in some hell-trance. The next morning, everything was gone, and the trash truck picked up the dead man’s garbage just like they picked up mine. This was someone I saw every day or two, someone who grilled outside a lot and had a really pleasant what’s-up wave. The news that he’d killed himself didn’t compute. But then, I didn’t know him, and I never will. It was the same with Kurt Cobain. Millions of us felt like we knew this guy. None of us did. Cobain recorded the live album MTV Unplugged In New York a few months before he died, and it came out a few months after. If you were of a certain age and disposition, you might’ve spent hours combing through the album, looking for some indication of what he was going through. Was that voice-c...

Suspiria is the masterpiece of Goblin: Claudio Simonetti reflects on the best horror soundtrack of all time
Oct 31, 2014 8:31am | Fact Magazine

Its our favorite horror soundtrack of all time, and in Goblin founder member and de-facto frontman Claudio Simonettis own words, Suspiria is the masterpiece of Goblin, and maybe also Dario Argento as well.

Almost four decades have passed since Suspiria was released in 1977, and its rarely dipped from view. Before 1977 Argento and his run of distinctive slasher flicks were very much an Italian concern. Suspiria, however, propelled his unique style across the world. It was his first film to dwell on the supernatural, and this fresh focus helped entice hungry horror audiences in the USA and beyond. In Japan the film was so popular that Profondo Rosso was picked for release afterwards and repackaged as Suspiria Part 2 despite the films being totally unrelated.

This might not have seemed too important at the time, but over the years fans who were merely children when they caught a glimpse of Argentos vivid, often disturbing set pieces or heard a snippet of Goblins twanging score grew up. Recently their name has been bandied about so much youd be forgiven for ignoring them out of spite. From genre-bending rock acts Mogwai and Secret Chiefs 3 to near direct descendants Zombi and Umberto, Goblins influence has sunk into the musical architecture at this point, and theyre still being discovered by legions of new listeners thanks to their accessibility online. Theyre even touring again, in multiple incarnatio...

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