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45th anniversary release of 'The Velvet Underground' to include previously unreleased LP
Oct 1, 2014 1:34pm | NME
The five disc set will come out on November 24

DVS You Goddamn Right
Oct 1, 2014 1:31pm | StereoGum

Earlier this year, New York warehouse-rap wiseacre DVS collected a bunch of his past tracks on a mixtape called Mutant League. It’s one of my favorite mixtapes of the year, despite the fact that some of its tracks are years old. He’s been at work on DVTV, his first proper studio effort, for what feels like forever, and now it’s apparently about to come out. First single “You Goddamn Right” is a slurry fast-talking verbiage pile-up with a blipping, off-kilter beat from producer Hot Sugar. If Joe Pesci had ever joined Cannibal Ox, he might’ve sounded something like this guy. Listen below.


Band To Watch: Fiancé + Stream EP1 (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 1, 2014 1:27pm | StereoGum

Fall started for real last week, but here in New York, you wouldn’t quite know it yet. There’s that gradual transition between seasons, some days you wouldn’t want to walk around in anything other than a t-shirt and shorts. Then, some evenings bring a bite of chilliness, a reminder that this is only an afterglow you’re enjoying. The tipping point usually arrives in the beginning of October, and probably will do just that sometime next week. Appropriately, next week will also bring the release of the debut EP by Fiancé called EP1. It’s a collection of songs that perfectly embody the sensation of summer ending.


Listen: Harrison Lipton – “Think Twice”
Oct 1, 2014 1:22pm | CMJ

We recently heard New York composer and musician Harrison Lipton in Mister Lies’ doe-eyed new single, High. Now, Lipton’s debut single has caught our attention. Think Twice builds like a soft rainfall, layering clanking, hollow beats over muted keys and light string arrangements, thanks to production help from Dayspired. Plus there’s Lipton’s voice: a smoky, secretive croon that sounds like it could warm up a cold room. Listen below.

The post Listen: Harrison Lipton – “Think Twice” appeared first on CMJ.

Stevie Nicks Mabel Normand & Watch Chain
Oct 1, 2014 1:09pm | StereoGum

The new Stevie Nicks album 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault is a collection of the singer’s old, never-released songs, most of which she wrote decades ago. (We’ve posted her songs “The Dealer” and “Lady.”) Nicks wrote the LP track “Mabel Normand” in 1985, and it’s about a cocaine-addicted silent movie star who died in 1985. Nicks was dealing with her own problems with the drug when she wrote the song. Of Normand, Nicks says, “She was really walking on the edge for a lot of her life. And I was walking on the edge, too… It was really important to me to get this song out. It’s really about what drugs can do to you. I, unlike Mabel, managed to get a hold of it.” The song has that classic Fleetwood Mac studio-rock gleam, and you can hear it below. Also below, stream a richly harmonic rocker called “Watch Chain” originally from the Bella Donna era.


Delta Spirit began their 3-night NYC run at Mercury Lounge (pics, setlist), playing Bowery tonight & MHOW on Thursday
Oct 1, 2014 12:57pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Kurt Christensen

Folk rockers Delta Spirit are currently on the road in support of their newest album Into the Wide (out now), and last night (9/30) they officially began their multi-night NYC run after a private Ad Week party at Spotify's offices during the day. Last night's show was at Mercury Lounge, was the smallest one and had them going on late at 10:45 and playing until almost 12:30. Pictures of that show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

They continue tonight (10/1) at Bowery Ballroom with Streets of Laredo and Thursday (10/2) at MHOW with Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen. Like last night's Merc show was, those two are both sold out.

More pictures below...

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Prince performs alongside Kendrick Lamar to mark double album release
Oct 1, 2014 12:55pm | NME
Duo performed the Prince rarity 'What's My Name'

updated ZZ Top & Jeff Beck tour dates, Billy Gibbons solo shows, The Allman Brothers & more
Oct 1, 2014 12:51pm | Brooklyn Vegan

ZZ Top at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Iconic boogie rockers ZZ Top will be on tour next year now that bassist Dusty Hill is recovered from a hip injury that caused the band's tour with Jeff Beck to be cut short this past August (including a show at Jones Beach). A few of the dates with Beck have been rescheduled, but not Jones Beach. The closest the dates come to NYC is Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theatre on March 11 (tickets) and Kingston, NY's Ulster Performing Arts Center on March 13 (tickets).

In related news, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is one of a slew of classic rock veterans are coming together to support, well, veterans. The third annual edition of Wall Street Rocks also features bringing Warren Hayes from Allman Brothers, John Popper from Blues TravelerLate Night with David Letterman band members Will Lee and Anton Fig  and other "all-star musicians" for a show to benefit war veterans at the Highline Ballroom on November 10. Tickets for the show are on sale now (just keep in mind that the money is going to a good cause when checking out those prices).

Billy Gibbons is also playing Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, the day after the veteran's benefit. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.

While Warren Hayes may be playing in Nove...

Russell Haswell preps Double A for Diagonal, hear One Take Dub No Edit
Oct 1, 2014 12:51pm | Fact Magazine

Noise deity Russell Haswell returns to Powell’s Diagonal imprint with a new EP of crushing rhythmic exercises.

Double A follows the excellent 37 Minute Workout and continues Haswell’s foray into the weirder reaches of techno. It’s 20 minutes of corrupted beats, searing white noise, rancid synth sounds and heaving textures and we’re absolutely loving it.

You can hear ‘One Take Dub No Edit’ below, which we’re guessing is a track that was recorded in one take with no edit – those of you with a passion for mutant beats and ugly distortion are in for a treat.

Double A will be released on October 13 via Diagonal.


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Ryan Adams covers Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' - listen
Oct 1, 2014 12:51pm | NME
He recently released a self-titled album and played shows with a cameo from Johnny Depp in London

Hundred Waters Down From The Rafters (The Field Remix)
Oct 1, 2014 12:49pm | StereoGum

Earlier this year, the Floridian indie-pop impressionists Hundred Waters made a big leap with their gorgeous new album The Moon Rang Like A Bell. On a new EP, they’ll collect three remixes of that album’s first single, the great “Down From The Rafters.” Tim Hecker and Huxley have both taken cracks at reworking the song, and the expansive Swedish dance-music sculptor Axel Willner, who most of us know better as the Field, has turned it into a breathy, slow-building, seven-and-a-half-minute epic. The Field’s remix, which sounds like the 2001 monolith might’ve sounded if it was a giant pillow, is streaming below.


MOKB Premiere : Wild Leaves : Open Sky
Oct 1, 2014 12:42pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

Lately, we have found ourselves listening to more rock and folk. This change could probably mostly be attributed to it now being fall, which tends to lead to more time inside. One of the bands we have been attracted to is Brooklyn folk-rock band Wild Leaves. Their Earthy sound matches up well with the underlying tones of the changing leaves. Their new EP, Hello Sunlight, is out today and along with it they have shared a new video for “Open Sky”. Shot by Phillip Van, the band describes it as a “nostalgic look back at summer; a celebration of friendship, and the passage of time.” Find it below.

Q&A: Zola Jesus
Oct 1, 2014 12:40pm | CMJ

Photo Credit: Julia Comita

Taiga, the knock-out of a new album by Zola Jesus, will see the light of day next week via her new label Mute. Taiga is a towering, endlessly powerful pop album that explores the complicated relationship between man and nature. The album was written in isolation on Washington state’s Vashon Island, and it draws inspiration from Zola’s upbringing in wooded Wisconsin, painting civilization as a bubble of order and safety within an immense and ominous natural chaos. It is an ambitious album that uses modern textures to effectively evoke an ancient hunger, and captures the human drive to survive and create with clenched fists (and great vocal hooks).

Nika Roza Danilova, the woman behind Zola Jesus, is one of CMJ Music Marathon 2014’s panelists, set to initiate what will surely be a fascinating conversation about the nature and artistry of pop music. CMJ also caught up with Danilova a few weeks in advance of the album’s release to talk about her process for Taiga, Top 40 radio and to find out if she reads those pesky reviews. Check out the whole conversation below.

You played CMJ 2011. Do you remember anything in particular about that? I think you did an NPR showcase.
Yeah, I just remember the NPR showcase was broadcast live and I think it was one of the first times. I think thats the only time Ive played CMJ, but its just a really g...

Prince only answered one question on his Facebook Q&A. Here are some he missed
Oct 1, 2014 12:38pm | Chart Attack

Prince, by any measure, is a pioneer of artist-led online distribution. Consider the NPG Music Club, the very first serial label, or the fact that he was one of the first artists to sell his album independently through the internet. More recently, though, he's known for his anti-Net stances: a series of lawsuits against fans, YouTube takedown notices galore, and a declaration in 2010 that "The Internet's completely over."

But by "completely over" he meant "I'm just going to my mum's house for four years to think about things," because yesterday Prince made an overdue and underwhelming return to the digital sphere. He got his own Facebook page and set up a live Q&A with fans, likely just to promote the two new albums he's releasing this week, a solo record called ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, a record with with 3RDEYEGIRL.

Problem was, when the start time of 12PM PT/ 3PM EST rolled around, Prince was AWOL for three hours then answered only one question: Please address the importance of ALL music being tuned to 432hz sound frequencies?? His response was a link to an article. It could only have been more catty if he'd put it through Let Me Google That For You. As of now Prince has not posted any other responses or hot links.

There were thousands of other questions, though. Ones with UnGoogleable answers. Prince can't just...

Stream Johnny Marr Playland
Oct 1, 2014 12:36pm | StereoGum

After his band the Smiths broke up, guitarist Johnny Marr spent many years as a wandering axe-for-hire. He released one album with his backing band the Healers, but he’s spent more time as a temporary supporting player in bands like Electronic and Modest Mouse and the Cribs. Lately, though, he’s thrown himself completely into his solo career. His new Playland, out next week, is Marr’s second true solo album, and it’s also his second in as many years. We’ve posted the early tracks “Easy Money” and “The Trap.” And now, if you’ve got Spotify, you can stream the whole thing below.


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