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Monday, September 29, 2014

New Mastodon Video is a twerk dancing paradise

Mastodon’s new video for “The Motherload” rivals nothing less than “Anaconda” in its staggering amount of twerking and close-ups of undulating female butts. Seriously. There is an insane amount of ass in this video.

Mastodon hit the road in support of Once More ‘Round the Sun in October with Gojira and Kvelertak. Check out the dates below the video.

Mastodon:

10-04 Louisville, KY – Champions Park *
10-15 Boise, ID – Revolution *
10-16 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Casino *
10-17 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater *
10-18 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater *
10-20 Austin, TX – Stubb’s *
10-21 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom *
10-22 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater *
10-23 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre *
10-24 Detroit, MI – Fillmore *
10-25 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10-28 Portland, ME – State Theatre *
10-29 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis *
10-30 Providence, RI – Lupo’s *
10-31 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater *
11-01 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *
11-02 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater *
11-04 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live *
11-05 Knoxville, TN – International *
11-06 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works *
11-07 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *
11-08 Orlando, FL – Kink Festival *
11-19 Dublin, Ireland – Academy @
11-20 Belfast, Northern Ireland – Limelight @
11-22 Southampton, England – O2 Guildhall @
11-24 Manchester, England – O2 Academy @
11-25 Newcastle, England – O2 Academy @
11-26 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy @
11-28 London, England – Brixton O2 Brixton Academy @
11-29 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy @
12-01 Nottingham, England – Rock City @
12-02 Bristol, England – O2 Academy @
12-04 The Hague, Netherlands – Paard Van Troje @
12-05 Torhout, Belgium – De Mast @
12-07 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera @
12-08 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz @
12-10 Milan, Italy – Fabrique @
12-11 Pratteln, Switzerland – Konzertfabrik Z7 @
12-12 Munchen, Germany – Backstage @
12-13 Dortmund, Germany – FZW/Freizeitzentrum West @
12-15 Vesterbro, Denmark – Store Vega
12-16 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
12-17 Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset
12-19 Helsinki, Finland – The Circus
* with Gojira & Kvelertak
@ with Big Business, Krokodil

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thom Yorke Releases New Album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Via BitTorrent


Thom Yorke has announced a new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. In a letter co-authored with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, he explained why the album is being distributed via torrent service BitTorrent.

The album can now be downloaded here

Here’s the letter:
As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich

The audio and video for “A Brain in a Bottle” are available for free download, while the full album costs $6.00. Find it all here. The tracklist is below. The album is also available on deluxe white vinyl and “printed with a metallic silver laminate then multi-tone black and a striking neon green; the whole is enclosed in a bespoke anti-static shield bag – a metallised laminated material usually used by the electronics industry for protecting components from electrostatic interference. The bag is printed with neon green on both sides, and has a resealable grip closure.”

Earlier this week, Yorke and Godrich shared a photo of a mysterious white record. Yorke also released a trove of Radiohead archival material, while mentioning that the band was in the studio—presumably, to record the follow up to 2011’s King of Limbs.

This isn’t the first Radiohead-related project to receive a surprise release with an unconventional format. The King of Limbs was announced with a week’s notice as “the world’s first newspaper album”. 2007’s In Rainbows was announced ten days ahead of release and allowed fans to choose their own price.

Yorke’s last solo album was 2006’s The Eraser. Last year, Yorke and Godrich’s band Atoms for Peace released AMOK. Other artists who have released music via BitTorrent include Hundred Waters and Willis Earl Beal.

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes:
01 A Brain in a Bottle
02 Guess Again!
03 Interference
04 The Mother Lode
05 Truth Ray
06 There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
07 Pink Section
08 Nose Grows Some

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nick Oliveri to Reunite With Queens of the Stone Age for Halloween Show


Nick Oliveri’s rocky past with Queens of the Stone Age will again be pushed aside—by his bandmates, at least—when Oliveri joins them for a Halloween show on October 31, as NME reports. The show will be at the Forum in Los Angeles. Oliveri will also be one of the openers of the show, in addition to the Kills.

Oliveri told NME, “[Queens frontman] Josh [Homme] asked me to come up and do six songs with Queens, like an encore set. A reunion, but not a reunion. I’m going to get up and play some bass and sing some songs at the end of the show. It should be an interesting night.”

In April, Oliveri joined Queens of the Stone on stage for the first time in a decade. He also contributed backing vocals to last year’s Queens album Like Clockwork. Oliveri was originally fired in 2004, apparently because Homme discovered that Oliveri had abused his girlfriend. In 2011, Oliveri faced several felonies after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. He was sentenced to 52 weeks of anger management and 200 hours of community service.

In NME, Oliveri also discussed the possibility that he’ll rejoin Queens of the Stone Age on a more permanent basis:

That’s pretty much up to Josh. It’s his band, and when he pulls the trigger on something, it’s up to him. I put myself out there a few different times in the past 10 years at Queens shows. I’d go and see them play and say, ‘Hey man, I’m here! Do you want me to sing a song?’ I stopped asking him after a while, and then he asked me! It’s pretty much just when he wants to do something, these days. It’s not up to me, is what I’m saying.

I always put myself out there, and so finally he came up with this Halloween date. First he asked for my band to open up, and I said yeah. Then he got back to me and said: ‘At the end, do you want to do some of the old songs?’ I was like, ‘Sure man! Let’s do it!’ It should be a very fun and interesting night.

Meanwhile, the U.S. release date for Oliveri’s next solo record, Leave Me Alone, has been pushed back to October 28, via Schnitzel. It was originally scheduled for late September.

Watch fan-shot footage of Oliveri reuniting with Queens of the Stone Age in April:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Apple denies it is shutting down Beats Music


SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is denying a published report that it plans to shut down streaming service Music Beats.

Several prominent employees at Apple and Beats told TechCrunch that Apple planned to discontinue the service.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr denied Apple was shutting down Beats Music. He told USA TODAY: “It’s not true.”

One person familiar with the situation said that consumers should expect Apple to make some changes to the service. That could mean the brand is going away although the service is not.

Apple bought the service started by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre in May for $3 billion.

Beats headphones are enormously popular especially with young people, but the music service at the time it was purchased only had a few hundre

Bryan Ferry Announces New Album Avonmore, Featuring Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, Todd Terje, Flea, Ronnie Spector

After a brief foray into The Jazz Age (including contributions to The Great Gatsby OST), Bryan Ferry has announced his latest studio album and his follow-up to 2010’s Olympia. The new LP is titled Avonmore, and will be released by BMG on November 17. It consists of eight new songs and two covers: Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and the Robert Palmer song “Johnny and Mary”, which was done alongside Todd Terje and featured on the latter’s recent It’s Album Time LP. In celebration of the news, Ferry has shared the tracklisting and album art, as well as opening cut “Loop De Li”. Listen below.

According to a press release, Ferry accrued a lengthy roster of notable collaborators to contribute to the album. In addition to Terje, Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, Flea, Ronnie Spector, Mark Knopfler and Maceo Parker all pitched in for Avonmore.

Avonmore:
01 Loop De Li
02 Midnight Train
03 Soldier of Fortune
04 Driving Me Wild
05 A Special Kind Of Guy
06 Avonmore
07 Lost
08 One Night Stand
09 Send In The Clowns
10 Johnny & Mary

The Replacements “Likely” Making Another Album


Since reuniting last year, the Replacements have played a handful of stand-alone shows and festival dates. And according to a story in Rolling Stone, founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson might be working on a new Replacements album. The band’s last studio album was 1990’s All Shook Down.

Rolling Stone reports that “the Replacements say they’ll likely make an album at some point in the future.” They’ve written a handful of songs. One of them is potentially called “Are You in It for the Money?”, while another is “Dead Guitar Player”. (It should be noted, somewhat morbidly, that original guitar player Bob Stinston died in 1995. His replacement, Slim Dunlap, had a stroke in 2012.)

According to Rolling Stone, the reunion has brought Westerberg and Stinson closer together as friends. “I think we got to realize we might need each other a bit,” Stinson said.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Goat: Commune (Album Review)


What intrigues about Goat is how they manage to impress and startle, rather than offend. After all, the notion of a bunch of Swedes taking African-styled guitar melodies and welding them on to droning psychedelia could easily be taken for cultural appropriation.

But then Goat, with their masked players on stage, are reliant upon appropriation for their exotic sense of otherness, which is key to their appeal. What saves them is their thrillingly unconstrained music, which doesn’t sound contrived or calculated, but like an explosion of expression. This time the guitars are less west African than Saharan, spiralling away hypnotically. You might say the female vocalist (Goat keep almost all identities secret) has a voice of only one tone, an expressionless and full‑throated yell. But that’s countered by the fact that it contributes to the sense that Goat are less a band than some sort of cult ritual. Commune sounds like the soundtrack to an imaginary early 70s horror film, and it’s wonderful.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Karen O: Crush Songs (Album Review)


Each track on Karen O’s long-awaited debut solo album is as short and fleeting as the summer flings she sings about. O wrote this collection of lo-fi ditties back in 2006 and 2007, after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman split from filmmaker Spike Jonze – a period, she says, when she felt like she’d never fall in love again.

The 15 songs sound more like demos than final recordings – most don’t even reach the two-minute mark – and feature O’s vulnerable, trembling vocals over a lilting guitar and maybe the soft bleeps of a drum machine or piano. Just when a song feels like it’s reaching an emotional climax, her voice fades and the magic is over. (The worst offender is NYC Baby, a beautiful but criminally short 58-second “song.”) While it’s refreshing to hear O sing so delicately – a contrast to the over-the-top persona of her slick main gig – we wish she’d let the heartbreak linger a few moments longer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interpol Hit the Gym With “Twice as Hard” Video

nterpol have shared the video for “Twice as Hard”, from the newly released El Pintor. It’s directed by the band’s Paul Banks, and shows a number of boxers training and sparring in the gym. Watch it below, via Boing Boing.

Kendrick Lamar Announces “i”, First Single From New Album


Kendrick Lamar has announced “i”, the first single off the follow up album to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. That’s the single art, which he shared on Twitter. It’s rumored to be coming out on September 23, according to Rap-Up. Rap-Up also reports that it features an Isley Brothers sample. Other sources report that the single is titled “I (Love Myself)”. Update: It’s been confirmed that the song is, in fact, titled “i”.

Friday, September 12, 2014

JACK WHITE PRESENTS “WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE?” VIDEO

Jack White is pleased to unveil the latest video offering from his critically-lauded second LP, Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia). The video for “Would You Fight For My Love?” was directed by Robert Hales and filmed in the historic Cruise Room, Denver’s original post-prohibition bar, located in the Oxford Hotel. The video also stars musician and photographer Scout Pare-Phillips and many other musical members of the Third Man Records family.

Continuing Jack’s tradition of innovation and – having released the World’s Fastest Record earlier this year – penchant for quick turnarounds, “Would You Fight For My Love?” was conceptualized, produced and shot within a 24 hour period. The six-hour shoot came together on less than 12 hours notice.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979 (Music Video)

DFA 1979
THE PHYSICAL WORLD.
AVAILABLE NOW.

Tour Dates:

European dates:
9/12 Laval, Canada @ MRCY Block Party
10/7 Koln, Germany @ Luxor
10/8 Paris, France @ adaboum
10/9-10 Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
10/11 Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
10/12 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
10/13-14 Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
10/15 Vienna, Austria @ Flex
10/16 Munich, Germany @ Orangehouse
10/18-19 Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
10/20 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
10/21 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
10/22 Glasgow, UK @ The Garage

North American dates:
11/01 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
11/03 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
11/04 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/06 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/07 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun
11/08 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
11/10 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
11/12 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/13 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
11/15 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/17 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/18 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/19 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/22 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
11/24 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/25 Chicago, IL @ Rivera Theatre
11/26 Detroit, MI @ Crofoot
11/28 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
12/01 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/02 Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Death from Above 1979: The Physical World (Album Review)


This is Toronto duo Death from Above 1979’s followup to their 2004 debut You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. It has been a long wait – multi-instrumentalist Jesse Keeler and singer and drummer Sebastien Grainger split in 2005 before reconvening for some live shows in 2011 – but admirers of their full-on assault won’t be disappointed by The Physical World. Government Trash typifies DFA 1979’s approach: pummelling riffs played with big, ugly guitars overloaded with distortion, thundering drums and brattish vocals. Better still is Gemini, which adds electronic squawks to the mix. True, there are signs of maturity: DFA 1979’s earlier songs often had endearingly daft titles, whereas the only one here that does is Right On, Frankenstein!. But like its predecessor, The Physical World is crammed with loud, fast, short songs: It even has a similar cover, an unsettling image of Keeler and Grainger with elephant trunks for noses. exhausting, but great fun.

Since the split, they‘ve tinkered away on their own projects – Grainger with his power-pop band The Mountains and later a new wave-inspired solo album ‘Yours To Discover’, Keeler with his electro duo MSTRKRFT – but it wasn’t the same. And even when they announced their reformation in 2011, one question remained: could they put their differences aside and write new music?

Good news: ‘The Physical World’ is magnificent. Hulking opener ‘Cheap Talk’ is vintage DFA 1979. They clearly haven’t forgotten the pounding thrash that made them great, but it’s not all cheap thrills and weighty beats. What makes it such a rewarding repeat listen are the layers of meaning that emerge like Renaissance paintings appearing in television static. Taken together, the songs on this record are hymns to lost innocence – both for us as individuals navigating adolescence and sexual politics (‘Virgins’, ‘Nothin’ Left’) and for society as it slides irreversibly into the digital age, losing touch with the physical world of the title. Most pointedly, the lyrics of ‘Always On’ reincarnate Kurt Cobain into a world of Facebook likes, YouTube-dictated radio playlists and Spotify-driven charts and assume he’ll top himself before sundown. “If we brought Kurt back to life, there’s no way he would survive,” Grainger sings. “No way, not a day.”

‘White Is Red’ – a rare ballad that combines a Springsteen-style road story about a heartbreaker named Frankie with a Sonic Youth squall of noise – is the album’s best song, and somehow lives up to both of those high-water marks. It’s also the record’s most accessible, straightforward moment, which could, if the band wanted it to, turn into a big Killers-style sing-along stadium anthem. Lead single ‘Trainwreck 1979’, ‘Nothin’ Left’ and the meat-tenderiser beat of ‘Government Trash’ pick up the pace again in the album’s second half. It’s all kept tight and succinct, with only a few tracks straying over the three-minute mark.



The 10-year break has obviously served DFA 1979 well. They have returned hungry and wired to shake us out of our digital comas. Put down your fucking phone for one minute and give yourself over to the visceral power of their music. There’s a big, bad planet out there, and it’s all the better for having ‘The Physical World’ in it.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Watch Spoon Turn ‘Letterman’ ‘Inside Out’


Spoon dropped in on David Letterman to promote their fantastic eighth album, They Want My Soul. Fresh off of a gig at Boston Calling Musical Festival, Britt Daniel and co. took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform “Inside Out,” easily the new record’s prettiest highpoint. The glimmering ballad stands not only as one of the finest songs in the Austin-bred band’s entire catalog — it’s also one reason this past summer didn’t suck as bad as you thought. Watch the dimly lit performance above.

Interpol Do “All the Rage Back Home” on “Letterman”

While the Replacements revisited 30 Rock, the Ed Sullivan Theater and “Late Show with David Letterman” played host to Interpol. They did their El Pintor track “All the Rage Back Home”.