Monday, June 30, 2014

[DOWNLOAD] Champion Releases ‘Execution EP’ on Nest


UK Bass/House frontrunner, Champion , has released his anticipated Execution EP today on Skrillex’s free release imprint, Nest , with two original tracks that feature an all new breed of bassline. You may have heard TEED play it at The Do Lab at Coachella, or possibly on BBC Radio 1, or maybe even in one of Four Tet’s recent sets, but however you listen to it make sure you’ve got enough low end. Download both √+ tunes below and keep an eye out on Wednesday for a brand new Guest Mix from Champion.

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M.I.A. gets confused and other live music tidbits from over the weekend

It's Monday. Let's take a look at what happened in live music over the weekend.

M.I.A. yelled at the BBC

England's greatest annual event, the Glastonbury Festival, took place this weekend. Agit-pop star M.I.A. somehow got it in her head that her set wouldn't be broadcast by the BBC, as she had her backup dancers wearing shirts that said "Stop Tamil Deportation." She voiced her displeasure on Twitter.

She also went on a rant on stage, as one might expect her to do.

"This is a political announcement, The BBC have banned M.I.A at Glastonbury. It's because of these T-shirts that say 'Stop Tamil Deportation'. But we don't give a f--k and you know why? We are going to do the best f--king show tonight and it ain't gonna be on TV. I'm here, you're here and that's all we fu--ing care about. Hashtag freedom motherf--ker."

The only problem was, her set actually was being streamed in full, and the BBC had plans to broadcast it later, as was pointed out by both BBC DJ Stuart Maconie and the official BBC Glastonbury Twitter account.

Also at Glastonbury, Dolly Parton

Country music legend Dolly Parton made her Glastonbury debut at age 68. Of course, she was amazing.

KASHKA wants to play your living room

Closer to home, former Forest City Lover turned "folkpoptronica" singer Kat Burns, better known as KASHKA, is planning a tour to be played entirely in people's living rooms. Right now, she has dates sort-of set in cities throughout Ontario and along the West Coast, but still no venues. If you'd like to have her play your living room, drop her a line.

The BET Awards happened

A whole bunch of people won things, and Nicki Minaj tossed a not-so-subtle insult at Iggy Azalea, but you can look at all that later. For now, you need to watch Pharrell and Missy Elliot do a live mash-up of "Come Get it Bae" and "Pass That Dutch."

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100 Word Review: Blue Mode - Space Race

Five albums to try this week: Trey Songz, George Ezra and more

From Trey Songzs salacious R&B to George Ezras husky folk-pop, here are five new albums to consider

Why you should listen: Lones Matt Cutler has produced a collection of forward-thinking, textured and often slow-burning dance music tracks on this sixth album.

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Is it jazz? The most surprising acts at the TD Montreal Jazz Festival

Of all of Canada's jazz festivals, the TD Montreal Jazz Festival probably has the most liberal interpretation of the word "jazz." This year's festival includes everyone from indie pop singer, guitar wizard and possible alien St. Vincent to Dweezil Zappa, who has our second-favourite Zappa-child name after Moon Unit. (Nobody tops Moon Unit.)

That said, some of these acts may be jazzier than you thought. We've taken 10 of the most seemingly out-of-place acts and ranked them on a jazzitude scale of one to 10, with 10 being Ornette Coleman and one being Cannibal Corpse. See how they stack up.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

London Grammar at Glastonbury 2014 review vast swaths of empty emoting

The current indie-soul crossover darlings provided few crescendos, but there were moments of sublime intensity

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Where and when: John Peel stage, 10.15pm Sunday.

Dress code: Zipped jackets and glacial glower.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Voices review Phantogram's giddy blend of electro and aching vocals


Self-styled "street beat" exponents, Phantogram are Brooklyn's Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, whose debut album, Eyelid Movies, was compared to Portishead and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Five years on, they're still a giddy blend of clanging electro and Barthel's aching voice, though Phantogram are stranger than most post-xx acts. Nothing But Trouble echoes uber-goths Bauhaus, while Never Going Home is the soundtrack to Twin Peaks had Phil Spector been commissioned to write it. Occasionally,, mostly when Carter sings, Voices falls flat, but Phantogram's audacity is commendable.

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High Life review Eno · Hyde's second album in two months is not just offcuts


Leftovers for afters? High Life swiftly follows Someday World, May's debut excursion by ambient guru Brian Eno and half of Underworld, Karl Hyde, who would have you believe that these are not offcuts, just an excess of ideas that deserved release. They are right, though, especially on one count: DBF is a terrific, jazz-tinged, African-inspired funk workout made from looped guitars. Having named this album after a west African genre, used a picture of a hillside favela on the sleeve and invoked Fela Kuti and Steve Reich, you'd rather hope their systems/world music jams might be more wiggy than they are. Still, this second helping is a match for its predecessor.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Skrillex at Glastonbury 2014 review

With a Jedi starfighter of a stage set, and a barrage of sub-bass-mangled tunes, Skrillex made his bid to claim the electronic-music throne

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Where and when: Other stage, 10.30pm, Friday.

Dress code: Mudpit rave chic.

What happened: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Skrillex, miniature dubstep overlord and Friday-night headliner, in a spaceship that's straight out of your 8-bit nightmares. A countdown and a dramatic curtain drop reveals the DJ/producer's elaborate set, which is like a Jedi starfighter if it got marooned on the Alien set, complete with booming mutant mashups and lasers. "Let's get crazy out here right now," he screeches as smoke shoots out into the sky and the crowd hollers, stuck in the mud, determined to rave regardless.

It's a jaw-dropping and ridiculous spectacle, which has drawn the diehard, the party-hard and the plain curious. But Skrillex's turbo-hectic mixes are a spectacle on their own. He quick-flicks switchblade-style between slivers of mutant dancehall (his Majestic-sampling track, Rock n Roll), booty house (DJ Funk's Fuck Dat Shit), Daft Punk arpeggios and big pop choruses (notably MGMT's Kids, Disclosure's Latch, and Niki & The Dove's DJ, Ease My Mind), all mangled into oblivion with his signature sub-bass wobbles. There are no full songs, just recognisable samples from club anthems and teases of choruses, complete with noises that defy nature itself.

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Happy Friday! To get your weekend started we finally have the next tape pack of live recordings from NIGHT BASS on June 12. This one featured a special b2b from AC Slater and Bart B More, as well as huge sets from RinseFM’s Royal-T, Fool’s Gold Canadian Meech, and our very own BONES. Listen to the 4-pack below and get your Friday thumping!

Don’t miss the next NIGHT BASS – this Thursday, July 3rd featuring DJ EZ, Star Eyes, AC Slater, Petey Clicks and BONES!




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[STREAM] Too Hot For House Music Vol. 5


So EDC now stands for Extremely Defeated Currently, as is my current state post Vegas vibes.. Which means a much needed Too Hot For House Music is in order with some major pysch rock vibes to turn down to. Big tunes this week as a demo for “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” sees the light of the internet, some Toro Y Moi, Jungle, and Alt-J, all assemble for a big vibe to tune out to. Beach it, drive to it, or sleep in til’ 3 pm to it, whatever you do, stay chill.

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[GDD™ TECH] Finally: Boomrat Steps in to Track Your Artists, Blogs, and Playlists in One Place


The all encompassing music discovery platform, Boomrat, saw it’s launch earlier this week, and it’s already starting to make major waves in the realm of how you sync your social networks and stay in tune with your favorite artists. I think the thing that makes it most readily accessible is that it’s already setup to pick up where you, the online musical connoisseur, have left off. It finds the artists you like on Facebook and Soundcloud and puts their newest material right at your fingertips with an extremely savvy algorithm. No starting over, no hours of curating a following, Boomrat finds you, and puts your world at the forefront.

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On top of that, it serves as a blog aggregate that lets lets you see what your favorite websites have been posting and their given popularity. It organizes posts by how many sites have posted and categorizes the tracks by genre so you can skip the fluff you don’t want to hear. Essentially, it organizes the madness that is the world wide web, and it makes it more accessible and user friendly through their innovative interface and stellar blog selection.

As if that wasn’t enough reason to create your login today, they’ve also blessed the net with an essential feature that everyone desires at some given point in their day, playlists. Playlists curated by industry heads, DJ’s, and fanatics alike. Organized by activity, by mood, by time of day, and only getting broader, it’s safe to say Christmas has come early.

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Boomrat is the creation of Ariel Lee and Andrew Silberstein, a pair of 23-year old dance music fans who developed the idea while attending the Lloyd Greif School of Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California. Lee explained, “we approached the development of Boomrat as lovers of dance music with the ultimate goal of combining all three into one easy-to-use platform that enables the continuous discovery and sharing of new dance music content.” Boomrat was recently acquired by Live Nation Entertainment, joining the organization’s electronic family alongside Insomniac Events, HARD, and Cream. “Joining forces with Live Nation gives us the ability to focus on building the best possible platform for our users,” said Lee. “It offers us a springboard to reach the music fans who will appreciate Boomrat the most.”

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[Mixtape] Poupon – Cooked Up Vol. 9


Right in time for the weekend is 71 minutes of pure vibes, cooked up fresh by Poupon. He’s recently relocated to Amsterdam, and the warmer Summer months must be treating him nicely. This mix is packed full of goodies, and it also includes a couple unreleased tracks by the man himself. Grab the free download & full tracklist below.


1. Moon Boots – Whatever You Need // French Express

2. Jacques Greene – No Excuse (Fort Romeau Remix) // Luckyme.

3. Poupon – Want It All // Sweat It Out!

4. Jaceo & Vedic – Wrangler // OFF Recordings

5. Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep // Material Series

6. Shadow Child – Steak Fingers // Free DL

7. Blonde – Foolish feat. Ryan Ashley (Dansson Remix) // Parlophone

8. Andy Lee – Deeper // Lost Records

9. Audiojack – Winding the Box // 2020 Vision

10. Ella Eyre – If I Go (TCTS Remix) // Virgin Records

11. Janelle Monáe – What Is Love (Poupon Remix) // Atlantic Records

12. Sandrino & Frankey – Save // Innervisions

13. Fei Fei – So Yeah // Love & Other

14. Poupon – ????

15. EdOne & Bodden – Keep On Moving // OFF Recordings

16. Poupon – ????

17. Dusky – Love Taking Over // 17 Steps

18. Gorgon City – Here For You feat. Laura Welsh (Deetron Remix) // Black Butter

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Rudimental at Glastonbury 2014 review

Just when a lack of big-name guest stars looked like being the sole letdown of a swaggering Rudimental set, on came Ed Sheeran

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Where and when: Pyramid Stage, 4.45pm, Friday.

Dress code: Many varieties of hat, but particularly inspired headwear on the men in the crowd backwards baseball caps, trilbys, stetsons and buckets dominated.

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Jungle at Glastonbury 2014 review

If their laser-honed indie R&B felt too precise, Jungle showed enough invention and energy to get a massive crowd moving

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Where and when: John Peel stage, 1pm.

Dress Code: Top knots, John Lennon glasses and a light smattering of mud.

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Glastonbury 2014: David Morales pays tribute to Frankie Knuckles

The legendary DJ talks about his Thursday night set and the influence of his friend Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of house

David Morales has not come to Glastonbury prepared. In fact, as the unrelenting rain tips down on Worthy Farm, one of the world's biggest DJs has rocked up in shiny white Adidas trainers. I've had to borrow these wellies off a girl I just met, he says, waving his feet in the air. I think she must have had pretty big feet. I quite like the look though.

DJ Morales, who has worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Madonna to Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey, was in Somerset for his first appearance at the festival. Fleeting though it may have been (he jetted off to New York this morning and is due in Toronto on Saturday), there was a poignant reason for his appearance: he was here to play a tribute set to Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of house and one of Morales's closest friends, who died suddenly in March.

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This is happening: the concerts you need to see this week (June 27-July 3)

Is it Friday again already? That must mean it's time for our weekly concert listings. Eastern Canada, let's all head to the Festival d'été de Québec, it sounds like it will be a blast. Western Canada, your job is to go see Peter Murphy in Vancouver and ask him to play "Bela Lugosi's Dead" in between every song. I hear he loves that.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

[REVIEW] Alias – Pitch Black Prism

It’s a bold move to release an album that was self-described as “cold, bleak, glacial” just after the summer solstice, but it appears as though Anticon co-founder Alias has done just that. Three years post-Fever Dream has put Alias in an almost inescapably frigid place, sonically. His new album, Pitch Black Prism is unrelentingly ominous, its barren urgency takes shape in sharp, crystalline form. Truly a metaphorically glacial album – iced, structured, oddly beautiful, and with much to be seen under the surface. If you’re a Boards of Canada / Aphex Twin fan… you’re probably gonna like this one.

As I write this, it’s edging upon midnight here in Berlin, and I’m glad I chose this hour of the day to hide in a corner with my headphones to listen. Pitch Black Prism is made for exactly this circumstance, perhaps only enhanced by a slick icy view out of the window. It begins with “Ghost Cloudz” which begins with a reverberated pitched female vocal before delving into a frenetic “trap”-oriented (for the record, calling anything trap now sucks but I’m doing it here) drum pattern with high snaps and echoing high-pitched cries. It’s frenetic and schizophrenic, changing its identity and direction consistently, which is a definite mood setter for the whole album. Fellow Anticon artist Doseone appears on the second track, “Crimson Across,” and raps meniacally over thundering bass drums and triplet snares. It’s aggressive, eerie, at times reminiscent of a personal favorite Mykki Blanco’s sinister hollow rap style. “Amber Revisions” carries on with the style we see in “Ghost Cloudz,” this sort of frenzied drum style with moody and cold synths layered with multidirectional vocal cries. “Gold cLOUDDEAD Skiez” (I see what you did there) sounds initially as if somethings gone awry in your headphones – simply just massive reverbs on the bass. Until an arpeggiated melody kicks in its fairly cacophonous – and even then the track barely scrapes itself off a dark floor… barely carried by a moaning and slowed vocal. The album thankfully then moves to a much more ambient place on “Joseph Greenleaf Mornings,” which is unsurprisingly the lightest record so far – yet with its huge echoed drum patches still as cold as ever. It should be noted here that Alias was originally an MPC-based producer, and Pitch Black Prism is his first official foray into an entirely software-based method of production. We see more featured vocals on “Indiiggo” from Therese Workman, whose ghostly yet prominently female vocals work well with the harmonious chords and jarring staccato of drums.

At this point in the record it’s become abundantly clear that this is an explorative piece for Alias, a journey through the icy winds and dark mountains of a metaphorical place that seems close in its recognition yet incredibly distant in its appearance. Track 10 seems like track 5, in a combination of what I can best guess as a transient state of mind and a rushed flow to the album. Although perhaps what I appreciate most in an album is cohesion – a flow and a point – there are tracks on the album that when picked out singularly don’t stand out on their own. The album finishes with a snarl and a poof, with the title track “Pitch Black Prism” as well as “Slackened Onyx” delivering sneering, wet and twisted sounds before dropping into “Aikotune” which is ethereal and transient and perhaps the most audible proof of Alias’ hip-hop stylings. While most of the album expresses itself as an instrumental exploration, “Aikotune” could easily lend itself to an R&B vocal.

Pitch Black Prism is an album meant to be enjoyed as it was likely created and indeed intended for – in your headphones, straight through, with only the stark depths of your mind or your surroundings. It’s an easy record to get lost in… frenzied and rigid drums combined with ghostly or sinister vocals and synths whose only recognizable identity is “hurried and bleak” leave you simultaneously thoughtful and thoughtless. I can also appreciate the stark colors and jewels referenced in the tracklisting, which aid in the comparison of the record to the alien beauty and sheer immenseness of the Northern Lights. The record, much like a journey through a snowy mountain, is one that takes you from moments of wonder and panic to, in the end, some red cheeks and goosebumps but an inevitable appreciation of the cold exploration of parts unknown.

You can purchase the album, out now on Anticon, by clicking here: ALIAS – PITCH BLACK PRISM


1. Ghost Cloudz

2. Crimson Across It feat. Doseone

3. Vermillion Coda

4. Amber Revisions

5. Gold cLOUDDEAD Skiez

6. Joseph Greenleaf Mornings

7. Pistachio Payoff

8. Vallejo’s Sapphire Views

9. Indiiggo feat. Therese Workman

10. Amethyst Afternoon

11. Pitch Black Prism

12. Slackened Onyx

13. Aikotune

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Le Castle Vania – Feels Like Fire EP

Always Never label head Le Castle Vania is firing up the label (cheesy pun well intended) with his latest EP, Feels Like Fire. In it, Le Castle Vania continues to explore re-evaluations of his old records, as well as showing off more collaborations and vocalists from artists we’ve seen him work with in the past. It’s clear Le Castle Vania puts a lot of time into his tracks… the finesse in his technique is noticeable with the structure and engineering of every track on the release. The EP is noticeably less dark and aggressive than his previous work on mau5trap, the signature is all still there but Feels Like Fire makes more of an adult, emotional statement.

The EP begins with “Nobody Gets Out Alive Part II” – where Le Castle Vania revisits one of his older hits (previously with “Through A Keyhold Part II”). New synths, melodies and breakdowns on the track see Part II with an even clearer focus and an amplification of energy and aesthetic. “Come Together” is the second track and lead single for the EP, instantly enticing you with a haunting yet simple synth line. The track then tunnels into a high-speed adventure with a jumpy and pitched drop. At this point in the EP (and in general) it’s quite clear that Le Castle Vania sonically lives in a super-future universe, it’s TRON with all of the bad-assery and none of the cheese. The third track, “Moving In Time” sees Le Castle Vania collaborating with longtime friend and fellow producer MUST DIE – it’s a thrill ride of saw synths and gut punches colorfully strung along by hollowed piano melodies. Then we see another friend and fellow Always Never associate Crywolf on “Part Of Me” – Crywolf making a prominent appearance here with his signature and poignant piano work. The closer track, “Driving Away” is very appropriately titled, as the mood of the track fits perfectly with the movie Drive‘s theme.

All in all, Le Castle Vania continues to show he has not strayed far from his original sound, but instead progressed to his best form yet within it. These are pieces of work that are intricately and carefully made – every sound and layer tweaked and adjusted to peak form. He’s a master of his craft – and it’s nice to see an artist dust off a major track from their catalog and shed the dead weight off it and polish it to a nice sheen.


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The Vinyl Files: new albums from Mastodon, Godzilla and more

Thanks to the digital age we live in, this vinyl revival we are currently experiencing has led to some very creative album releases: the ability to 3D print a record; the option to choose any colour or design of the vinyl itself; to die-cut the album cover into fantastic designs; or even add holograms.

These days, there really are no limits on how artists can deliver their recordings. Let's take a look at some creative packages, unique offers and bundles you probably don't want to miss this month, in the gallery above.

Music fans and collectors of vinyl records, this one's for you. 


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Monday, June 23, 2014

A NXNE photo gallery to hold you over until next year

North by Northeast has come and gone for another year. Here's a gallery of all the bands we shot over the last five days. Hopefully it will be enough to hold you until next year, or at minimum, until Osheaga.

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Camden Crawl review less buzz, more original spirit

Various venues, London

Lack of star billing cut the queues to reveal a cornucopia of underground talent at this year's edition of the Camden mainstay

Traditionally, the one thing you couldn't do at the Camden Crawl north London's two-day, 22-venue urban festival was bar-hop. Oversubscription and a tendency to book big names into shoebox venues created delays at every door, prompting the event's nickname, The Camden Queue. But after decamping to Dublin for 2013, CC14 returns home having eradicated the problem by surrendering the buzzier new bands to Shoreditch and Brighton rivals, and booking no major contemporary draws at all. The biggest names are alternative relics like Mouse on Mars and Atari Teenage Riot. A colder ticket, but the original spirit is revived; now you can roam NW1 watching each band for the length of a Jägerbomb, thus living the A&R dream, minus the crippling cocaine psychosis.

What you find among the 200 acts is a cornucopia of underground talent, thriving despite the prospect of never giving up the day job. At Camden Town Brewery, Thumpers have found the "anthemic" button on the current wave of Afrotronica, cohering a disparate age with euphoric Jungle-meets-Two Door Cinema Club pop; at the Black Cap, School Is Cool's maniacal gypsy clatter resembles Dexy's on dexys. It's often a head-spinning whirl: a short Saturday stagger takes you from Dancing Years destroying a sweltering Good Mixer with cataclysmic folk, to the topless psych wig-outs of Michael A Grammar at the Black Heart. Au Revoir Simone shimmy cheerfully through popping candy synthpop in the Electric Ballroom while, a hundred yards away but on a different musical continent, Cut are tearing up Belushi's with greasy-groined rock'n'roll in their nans' old blouses.

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Christian Nielsen – Late Check Out EP

Play It Down, the house music label from Jesse Rose, has been churning out records over the past year and a half, when Jesse decided to take his other label Made To Play a step back to give Play It Down some shine. Since then, we’ve seen one of the label’s most frequently released artists bud and blossom into quite the producer: Christian Nielsen. His latest work, the Late Check Out EP, follows through on his previous double sided release with tropical touches on infectious grooves.

It’s prime Ibiza season, which Christian definitely shows off in the title track, “Late Check Out.” Combining beachy horns with a deep and dark rolling bassline, this fits right in with the summer heat… whether you’re sweating at Cafe Mambo by the ocean or in the dark depths of a club. Carrying on, “Can You Hear Me?” is noticeably more light… this is definitely a track where you can see the sunlight while you’re dancing. And then with the flip of a switch, the closer track “Drongo” takes you back to the night time, heavy reverbs and synths that echo and tunnel between your ears taking over as the prominent driving forces in the track. Little bit of something for everyone here. A nice little variety pack from Christian, who’s definitely coming into his own as a producer and delivering solid pieces of music that will definitely get bodies moving from AM to PM and back again.

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This year's Hamilton Supercrawl will be amazing, and other live music tidbits from over the weekend

Well, another weekend has come and gone. Let's see what happened in live music over the past few days.

This year's edition of Hamilton Supercrawl is going to be off the charts awesome

The Steel City's annual free music festival, Supercrawl, has become a pretty big deal over the last four years, but this year's edition will take things to a whole new level. The festival has been expanded to three days, and will be headlined by Spoon, who just played a set at North by Northeast on Saturday. It will also featured electronic music mad scientist Four Tet and post-R&B favourite How to Dress Well, Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and Broken Social Scene offshoot Eight and a Half. On top of all that, there will also be a show from critically acclaimed, Polaris long-listed hometown girl Jessy Lanza, as well as several of her label mates on British imprint Hyperdub. Supercrawl will run from September 12-14.

Dizzee Rascal waded into the crowd to break up a fight

Dizzee Rascal, who is still a pretty big deal in his homeland, waded into the crowd to break up a fistfight over the weekend, then asked security to let the combatants stay, saying "Don't kick them out, don't kick them out,... Just separate them. Peace and love and all that kind of shit. No one's got shot, no one's got stabbed."

Dizzee then reportedly made a jukebox work by slamming it with his fist. He's just that cool.

Run the Jewels announce four Canadian dates

Rap super duo Run the Jewels — the collective effort of El-P and Killer Mike — announced an August mini-tour today that will see them spending the month traversing the western half of the continent. The tour will include four Canadian dates, with the duo playing Victoria on August 11, then doing shows in Vancouver and Calgary before ending up in Edmonton on August 14. We just saw these guys at North by Northeast and they were amazing. Buy tickets now.

Here's The War on Drugs playing "Red Eyes" at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival

Primavera Sound actually happened a couple weeks ago, but the video only went up over the weekend, so that's good enough for us.

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Five albums to try this week: Keaton Henson, Ed Sheeran and more

Keaton Hensons sorrowful instrumentals and Ed Sheerans latest are among five new albums to consider this week

Why you should listen: Henson and cellist Ren Ford collaborate on this surprise album of contemplative, quietly moving instrumental arrangements. Listen to it while sobbing/revelling in the orchestration/browsing Hensons rather lovely website.

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All that jazz, and some Austra: our must-see acts at the TD Toronto and Ottawa jazz festivals

It's jazz festival season, and the TD Ottawa and Toronto jazz festivals both kicked off this past weekend. The Toronto festival will be going on until June 28, while the Ottawa fest continues through Canada Day. Here's a list of our must-see acts for both festivals. Not all of them are technically jazz, but they're all great.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Tokyo Jazz Notes Dozen #47 - June 2014

This month's dozen is a little later than usual, but features some modern sounds from Jose James, Erimaj, Taylor McFerrin, Libstems and Mark de Clive-Lowe as well as some old school funk from Third Coast Kings and Cookin' On 3 Burners. Enjoy!

Latino Suite - Dada Moroni (from Five For John on Jando Music/Via Veneto Jazz 2014)

My Body Needs To Breathe, I Doesn't - Tommaso Cappellato & Astral Travel (from Cosm'ethic on P-Vine/Jazz Refreshed 2014)

Mister Kerouac - Le Grand Escroc (from Portraits on Comedy Tonight 2014)

You Will Return [feat. Alice Russell] - Quantic (from Magnetica on Tru Thoughts 2014]

West Grand Boulevard - Third Coast Kings (from West Grand Boulevard on Record Kicks 2014]

Chew You Up [feat. Kylie Auldist] - Cookin' On 3 Burners (from Blind Bet on Freestyle Records 2104]

Daydream Sounds - Libstems (from Daydream Sounds on Soak Records 2014)

Conflict Of A Man - Erimaj (from Conflict Of A Man on Don't Cry Records 2013)

While You Were Sleeping - Jose James (from While You Were Sleeping on Blue Note 2014)

Now Or Never [feat. Nia Andrews] - Mark de Clive-Lowe (from Church on Mashibeats/Ropeadope 2014)

Florasia - Taylor McFerrin (from Early Riser on Brainfeeder 2014)

Southern Freeez - Sonzeira (from Brasil Bam Bam Bam on Brownswood/Takin' Loud/Virgin 2014)

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wysing Forest review Luke Abbott's unexpectedly moving electronic epics

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The title refers to the rural setting an arts centre outside Cambridge where Norfolk electronic musician Luke Abbott recorded the raw material for his second album. Much of it was drawn from live performance, which might account for a tendency to sprawl. Over 12 minutes long with an eight-minute reprise, the album's centrepiece, Amphis, seems at first undisciplined Abbott goes heavy on the wibbling, warbling effects but (very) gradually it builds into something epic and unexpectedly moving: it could be a pastoral companion-piece to Vangelis's Blade Runner theme. The rest of Wysing Forest rewards patient exploration, but nothing else quite matches Amphis for effect.

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Friday, June 20, 2014


splash house day one-5

Last weekend, the GDD™ crew took off to Palm Springs for the 2nd annual poolside festival, Splash House , where the grooviest of DJs converged for a weekend of sun-soaked tunes spanning across three venues — The Saguaro (where we spent most of our time), Hacienda, and the Hard Rock Hotel. With hundreds of Angelenos making the short drive on the 10E, Splash House proved that a summertime pool festival is not just a good idea, it’s a GREAT one. Big ups to LED and Goldenvoice for putting on a successful weekender. There’s no doubt that GDD will be back for every Splash House in the future.

Check out some of the colorful photos of the event below!

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Here’s what you missed at House of Vans at VICE Island

What was undoubtedly one of the most heavily branded events at this year's North by Northeast was also one of the best so far, as multi-armed media octopus VICE and sneaker company Vans brought an eclectic array of acts to Toronto Island. Here's what you missed.

1) A half-pipe

For those who had the urge to skate (or cycle) and destroy, the half-pipe gave them that opportunity. For the rest of us, it was a great opportunity to see some great tricks, as well as guys wiping out and almost crashing into the metal barrier.

2) Free skateboards and t-shirts with laser-made-logos

This doesn't sound too impressive until you really stop and think about it. We live in an age where companies will just casually whip out a laser to put their logo on some swag. It's basically the Jetsons.

3) Mikey Dangerous representing reggae to the fullest

Canada's reggae scene isn't as active as it was back in the 1980s, when acts like Messenjah, Leroy Sibbles and Noel Ellis were all actively cranking out records, but Montreal's Mikey Dangerous makes it looks as if Canadian reggae may be due for a comeback. He has a sound that moves between roots and dancehall, and a super high energy stage presence.

4) The Posterz, who might be Canada's next big hip-hop act

Montreal rap trio the Posterz have complex rhymes delivered in a deceivingly relaxed style over hazy, psychedelic-influenced beats. They also have a super-stoked everyman stage presences that makes them really, really likeable. They remind you of your buddies who used to rap in front of your high school except, they're much, much better.

5) Le1f voguing and climbing into the crowd without missing a beat

When we say Le1f was voguing during his set, we don't just mean a couple check-the-pretend cameo Halle Berry face pats, he was multi-level, arms everywhere, framing his face like a magazine while in a sort of sideways half-squat going for it. He also managed to do all this without screwing up his rhymes at all.

6) Omar Souleyman doing a lot while doing very little

Omar Souleyman is sort of the anti-Le1f. He doesn't move a ton. Still, the Syrian wedding singer-turned-hipster favourite can get a crowd to move. In his mixture of traditional thawb-and-keffiyeh and almost impossibly dark shades, he gives a vibe of authority on stage, and when he raises his hands to get the crowd to get up and dance, you don't ask questions. You just move. It's like your dad telling you to dance.

7) Future Islands Samuel T. Herring as the hardest working man in show business

You hear a lot about how great Samuel T. Herring is live, but it's not really until you see him in the flesh, hitting himself in the chest, flying around the stage, high kicking and occasionally doing that weird death metal growl thing that you go, "Oh yeah, this guy might really be the best frontman of the past decade."

8) A surprisingly aggressive sounding Pusha T

For more than a decade, Pusha T's trademark has been menacing lyrics delivered with a sort of slit-eyed coolness. That wasn't the case last night, when King Push delivered most of his lines somewhere between a growl and a shout.

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The playlist: electronic music

From the unveiling of Aphex Twin's long lost Caustic Window LP to the soundtrack of this summer's sunset boat parties, it's been a busy month in the world of electronic music

One of dance music's ultimate mythic records finally emerged this week, as an LP from Caustic Window, Aphex Twin's alter ego, appeared 20 years after it was canned with no explanation, and with just five test pressings in existence. One appeared for sale and was bought by a Kickstarter campaign, and it's now up on YouTube. This is the kind of thing that overweight men who stand at the back of Bang Face weekenders make burnt offerings for. But is it any good? While it certainly lacks the sophistication of what is, to these ears, the greatest piece of music ever recorded, it is a mostly excellent selection of acid techno belters and ambient curios. It is at its best when it goes for the most straightforward dancefloor moments. Mumbly's Orbital synth tones and Wacky Races samples are pure 90s, but its central riff is timelessly almighty. Airflow rides a hooligan-chant melody over blockhead beats and will certainly get caned this summer. The most striking thing about this record is that it dovetails perfectly with the current "hardware jams" school of house and techno. White Material, The Corner, L.I.E.S these labels explicitly tap into the very historical moment that Caustic Window is coming out of. Their style would seem regressive were the rudimentary sound palette not so plainly brilliant, but there is still an inevitable sense of nostalgia for a simpler technological era. So to have a capsule from that time suddenly emerge in the present is overwhelming, and transports us to a place where yesterday and today collapse in on each other in a daze of analogue drums.

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This is happening: the concerts you need to see this week (June 20-26)

It's Friday, which means you're trying to plan your weekend, as well as next week. Don't worry, we have you covered. We've looked at concert listings from across the country to help you figure out the best use of your precious leisure time.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Readers recommend: songs about murder

Serial killers to gangsters, cold-blooded poisoners to crimes of passion, fictional or real, name songs about the act most foul

Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death, said the writer William Burroughs, nicely cooking up one explanation why murder is such a potent subject, not merely in books, or song, but in all media. The wilful killing of another person is about as extreme and profound a human activity as there is, and, only in theory of course, is within reach of everybody. Perhaps that is one reason why murder captures the imagination so powerfully. Among the famous, there are notorious mass killers, from most Roman emperors to Genghis Khan, the calculating Capone to the manipulative Manson, school attackers such as Andrew Kehoe or Adam Lanza, the wild west's rogue lawman and Pinkerton detective Tom Horn, serial killers from Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe to Butcher of Rostov Andrei Chikatilo, and lesser known Victorian arsenic poisoners such as Mary Ann Cotton, who was found guilty of killing up to 21 people including four husbands and her children.

This is only a small rogue's gallery of the many who have fascinated and appalled. And that doesn't even begin to cover all of the fictional murders in novels, film or TV, from Sherlock Holmes to The Sopranos, A Short Film About Killing to the incredible documentary The Act of Killing, Game of Thrones to Fargo. However, murder most foul is more often local and banal, or a crime of passion, and beyond that, murderous thoughts are as much fuel for song as the act itself, making these also ripe for song suggestions.

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NXNE day 1: what we saw, what we learned

The opening day of North by Northeast is a bit of a dry run. There are no free shows at Yonge–Dundas Square, most of the big-name acts aren't in town yet. You just get to figure out the quickest way from venue to venue and get your feet wet. Here's what we learned on the first day of the festival.

1. Follow the NXNE Twitter feed religiously

Our major plan for the evening had been to see huge-in-Europe, weirdly underappreciated-at-home house-pop crossover act Kiesza at the Mod Club. Unfortunately for us, the app hadn't been updated with the fact that the show had been cancelled that afternoon. (Apparently she's quite ill.) Let this be a lesson to you. Always check the NXNE Twitter feed before you go out.

2. A reminder to keep your schedule flexible

Last-minute changes like that are a valuable lesson. Many people we know have turned NXNE into a tightly timed surgical strike. We get that, you're going to see more bands this week than you will in the rest of the year, and you don't want to miss anything. That said, it's important not to get too locked in. Sometimes you can discover a great band just by wandering into a venue.

3. Foxtrott proving that synth-pop needs more French horn

Montreal's Foxtrott is actually a one-woman band, but for her live performance, she brings out a friend to play French horn. You know what? It really works. Our new demand is for more horns in genres that don't usually have horns.

4. My Gold Mask creating a sound bigger than the sum of its parts

Speaking of blending diverse influences, Chicago's My Gold Mask mix garage-rock energy into a brand of synth-y, Editors-style indie rock. What's more impressive is that they generate a massive, full, multi-layered sound from one guitar, one sequencer and two drums.

5. Greys reminding us why NXNE is awesome

For all the corporate sponsorships and the controversy around the new radius clause, there's nothing like the sheer joy of walking into a venue to see an up-and-coming band playing a high-energy, aggressive, loud set in a room that's basically a sweaty hallway. We're generally stoked to see indie rock and punk coming back together again after a long separation, and very few bands do that better than Greys. They combine boot-to-the-chest aggression with a willingness to be honest and weird. We love this band.

6. Lizzo, a hilarious rapper with serious skills

Minnesotan MC Lizzo is that rare hybrid, a singing rapper who sings as well as she raps. As a rapper, she has a stretchy, rapid-fire, polysyllabic flow filled with internal rhyme schemes. As a singer, she has a sort of retro-soul belt that would make most of today's modern, detached post-R&B singers blush with its rawness. She's also just hilarious. In her songs, she does things like rhyme "winter" with "Anna Wintour" and make fun of insufficiently stoked audience members by comparing them to Mr. Peanut.

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Neneh Cherry review spellbinding, demanding, urgent

Backed by RocketNumberNine's pulsating beats and crushing synths, this was sweaty, belligerent dance and Cherry was a skipping, spinning force of nature

"It's really about the music, the passion, the art, the soul and the beauty," says Neneh Cherry. She's describing the magic of the Meltdown festival, but could equally be surmising the motivations behind a career that's spanned three decades and during which she's evolved from post-punk renegade to bona fide pop star and, latterly, dogged experimentalist.

Cherry's latest album, Blank Project, is her first solo release in 18 years and sees the 50-year-old's ruminations on loss, love, depression and recovery enmeshed in sparse, jazz-influenced electronica spun by Ben and Tom Page, AKA RocketNumberNine. Cherry stands in darkness between the brothers Tom on drums and Ben on keyboards as her soft, spoken-word prayer slowly unfurls into a powerful, soulful hymn over the metronome-aping rhythm of Across the Water.

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100 Word Review: Studio Rio presents The Brazilian Connection

Unherd Radio Show No. 13 18/06/2014

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Brazil Special Pt2

1st Hour


Phil Moore III and the Afro Latin Soultet – Batucada feat. Leni Groves (Tower)

Marcos Valle – Democoustico (EMI Brazil)

Anamaria & Mauricio – Freio Aerodinamico (Chantecler 1970)

Marcos Valle – Freio Aerodinamico (EMI Brazil)

Os Devaneios – Embalo Diferente (EMI / Odeon Brazil 1978)

Os Originals Do Samba – La Vem Salgueiro (RCA 1972)

Jorge Ben – Take It Easy My Brother Charles (Philips 1969)

Jorge Ben – Paz e Arroz (Philips 1972)

MPB4 – O Cafona (Fontana 1971)

Made In Brasil – Babete (Pausa 1984)

Maga Bo – Rapinbolada feat. Gaspar (Role 2014)

Azymuth – Tamborim, Cuica, Ganza, Berimbau (Warner Music Brasil 1977)

Mandrake Som – Berimbau (EMI 1975)

Sambatuque – Convencao de Ritmo (Tishiba Japan 1978)

Mental Abstrato & DJ Tahira – Baiao (Original Mix) (Far Out 2014)

Mario Castro Neves & Samba S.A. – Candomble (RCA 1968)

Bebeto – Tema Da Massa – (RCA 1981)

2nd Hour


Sivuca – Ain’t No Sunshine (Vanguard 1973)

Balanco Trio – Consolacao (Imperial 1965)

Os Ipanemas – Consolacao (Discos CBS 1975)

Baden Powell e Mauricio Einhorn – Apelo (Polygram)

Elis Regina – Vera Cruz (Companhia Brasileira De Discos 1982)

Elis Regina – Caxanga (Philips 1977)

Elis Regina – Menino Das Laranjas (Philips 1965)

Hector Costita – Divagacao 6/8 (Som Dagente Brasil 1981)

Gal Costa – Relance (Philips 1973)

Gal Costa – Bahia De Todas As Contas (Philips 1983)

Anelis Assumpcao – Bola Com Os Amigos (Far Out Recordings)

Flora Purim and Airto – Jump (Crossover 1986)

Tania Maria – Chuleta (Capitol 1988)

Os Bossa Tres & Seus Amigos – Bottles (Discos Som / Maior Ltda 1958)

Antonio Carlos e Jocafi – Simbarere (RCA Victor Brasil 1972)

Elza Soares – Mas Que Nada (EMI / Odeon)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Basement Soul: PromNite - SPOTLIGHT !!! @ Musique Non Stop

Basement Soul: PromNite - SPOTLIGHT !!! @ Musique Non Stop

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    PromNite - SPOTLIGHT !!!
    JessieWare -Tough Love
    Kwamie Liv - Follow You
      Posted: 17 Jun 2014 05:38 PM PDT

      Listen to Alt-J: Hunger of the Pine premiere

      The Mercury prize-winning band return with their first single from second album This Is All Yours, featuring a sample of Miley Cyrus

      Alt-J's career trajectory has been one filled with surprising successes. They won the Mercury prize for An Awesome Wave in 2012, and sold a million copies of their debut album in a climate where brand new artists rarely do so. They even found time to become Aaron Paul's best mates. But soundtracking a gigantic image of Miley Cyrus nude save for some gaffer-taped nipples? Well, that is something none of us could have predicted.

      To reciprocate the love, Hunger of the Pine, Alt-J's first single from their second album, samples the lyric "I'm a female rebel" from the pop singer's track 4x4 feat. Nelly, from her album Bangerz. Whether or not the band will show a projection of themselves pivoting nude while the original plays on their forthcoming tour is yet to be confirmed.

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      by Harriet Gibsone via Electronic music | The Guardian

      Constantines, Pup, Small Black to headline Edmonton's Up + Downtown festival

      The lineup for the sophomore edition of Edmonton's Up + Downtown festival was announced yesterday. The festival will run from Oct. 10-12, and will feature more than 65 performers. The biggest name on the bill is the reunited Constantines, who will build off of their Field Trip success with a trip west. They'll be joined by Toronto pop-punk up-and-comers Pup, Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black and Oregonian metal act Red Fang.

      Also included in the initial announcement was critically acclaimed psychedelic metal act Shooting Guns, Young Guv — the side project of F--ked Up's Ben Cook — veteran Bay Area alt-rap duo Zion I and Calgarian stoner metal band Chron Goblin. (Chron Goblin have one of the best band names in the entire country.)

      A three-day, all-access pass to the festival will run you $95.

      by Chris Dart via Electronic RSS

      From Montreal to Montreux: the world’s 10 best jazz festivals

      We're heading into jazz festival season, but with hundreds of fests around the globe, and only so many weeks in summer, where to start?

      From New Orleans to Copenhagen to Cape Town, there are 10 jazz fests that you should put high on your travel wish list — and some of them are close to home.

      They've drawn the biggest names in the business, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone, Wayne Shorter, Zakir Hussain, Buena Vista Social Club and even Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Prince, Kraftwerk, Maroon 5 and the Black Keys, and continue to break new musical ground.

      So which fests made the top 10 cut? Click "open gallery" above to find out.


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      Tuesday, June 17, 2014

      [STREAM] SOHN Live at KEXP Studios

      It’s like Chet Faker meets Justin Vernon, SOHN’s sound, making his music quite the enchanting experience. Above you’ll see 20 minutes of so of what it takes to create his music on the spot. Live keyboards, guitar, vocals, sampling, it’s no easy feat, yet SOHN blends it all together seamlessly and melodically in true transcendent fashion. Click play, tune out, and escape for a bit to the sounds of Vienna’s rising creative talent.

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      [GDD™ SPOTLIGHT] What’s New With Zhu | Odesza Remix + Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast”


      It doesn’t seem like long ago the veiled producer Zhu surfaced on the web (4 months ago to be exact) and had the net buzzing about his “Moves Like Ms. Jackson” remix, but a lot has been accomplished since then. With four more originals added to his roster, including his recent hit (named Essential New Tune by Pete Tong) titled, “ Faded.” Now, though, the time has come for others to take on the fruits of his labor as official remixes begin to take shape on SoundCloud.

      The first to tackle a Zhu production is Odesza as they freshen up, “Faded,” in true dreamwave fashion. The production duo went a more pitched down route to give it their classic downtempo feel with heavy waves of bass synths that crash in half time as the original melody is preserved.

      But that’s not all that Zhu has been up to as of late. A Lana Del Rey remix of her new single, “West Coast,” made it’s way to his SoundCloud page earlier this week that now reads 15,000 likes and 280,000 reposts on the platform. Heavy stats for a track not even a week old. More pitched down vocals and horn splatters decorate the tune in a more dark and delicate manner.

      As time presses forward, stay tuned as the career of Zhu comes to being.

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      Monday, June 16, 2014

      Kanye West returned to Bonnaroo and other live tidbits from the weekend

      Bonnaroo was this weekend, so we have a lot of news from that, as well as old punks doing what they do best: being angry.

      1. Kanye West comes back to Bonnaroo

      The last time Kanye played Bonnaroo, back in 2008, it didn't go particularly well for anyone. Yeezus didn't hit the stage until 4:30 a.m., played a shortened set, then gave festival owners what for via his blog.

      He played the festival again this weekend, and by all accounts, it went well, although he did do that thing where he removed all the Jay Z references from his songs, and gave this really, really amazing speech:

      "I ain't going after nobody on the radio. I'm goin' after Shakespeare. Walt Disney. Mozart. Henry Ford. Howard Hughes. David Stern. Elon Musk. You can only achieve as high as your dreams."

      2. Vancouver's New Forms festival to be headlined by Oneohtrix Point Never

      Vancouver electronic music festival New Forms has tapped vaporwave pioneer Oneohtrix Point Never as the headliner for this year's festival. (Please note: we're still not at all sure that vaporwave is a real genre.)

      3. Jello Biafra gets vexed after Amnesia Rockfest books him and the Dead Kennedys on the same bill

      Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys, currently being run by Biafra's former bandmates Klaus Fluoride and East Bay Ray, were supposed to play next weekend's Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Que. Unfortunately, neither side knew the other was playing, which is a problem, because the band's 1986 breakup and subsequent Jello-less reunion have been marked by lawsuits and angry remarks back and forth. As of right now, the Dead Kennedys are still playing the festival.

      4. The CBCMusic.ca Festival was this weekend

      Jian Ghomeshi and Arkells covered the Talking Heads, Tegan and Sara and Spoon were great, and apparently people were trying to reuse poutine buckets.

      5. Skrillex brings all his friends onstage at Bonnaroo

      Janelle Monae, Damian Marley, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, former Door Robby Krieger and more joined everyone's favourite weird EDM elf onstage. Can we just admit to liking this guy without being judged yet?

      6. One more bit of Bonnarnoos, here's Jack White getting 70,000 people to sing "Seven Nation Army"

      That's pretty rad, eh?

      by Chris Dart via Electronic RSS

      NXNE 2014: what you need to see

      North by Northeast is the musical highlight of the summer in Toronto. Bands and artists from around the world descend on the city, where hundreds of official shows — along with dozens of secret shows, unofficial shows and backyard shows — take place over five days.

      Here's our list of must-see bands. Realistically, you probably won't be able to see them all, but it's a noble goal.

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      Saturday, June 14, 2014

      Sights and sounds of the 2014 CBCMusic.ca Festival

      The big day finally arrived, and thousands of music fans flocked to Deer Lake Park to check out some of Canada's favourite acts at the CBCMusic.ca Festival.

      Tegan and Sara, Spoon, Dan Mangan, Hannah Georgas, Arkells and Chad VanGaalen were just a few of the top artists who played the fest, which also included appearances by favourite CBC personalities including Grant Lawrence, Jian Ghomeshi, Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), Tom Power, the Irrelevant Show and more.

      But if you couldn't make it in person, not to worry, because we're going to take you there through great videos and a photo gallery that we built as it happened — both in front of the stage and behind the scenes.


      Want to see what people are saying about the fest on Twitter? Check it out:

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      Luck review Tom Vek's thrillingly unbalanced third album

      (Moshi Moshi)

      It takes time and graft to sound as chaotic as Tom Vek. A six-year gap divided his debut and 2011's Leisure Seizure , and though his third arrives comparatively promptly, every lurching guitar line and electronic squiggle sounds like it was planned with meticulous care. That could be a problem, leaching Vek's offbeat pop of energy and life, but the more he works dissonant elements into these songs, the more thrillingly unbalanced they feel. Ton of Bricks sounds curt and punkish while pulling in several different directions, and A Mistake is a terrific combination of frantic percussion and grungy sloth.

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      by Ally Carnwath via Electronic music | The Guardian

      Friday, June 13, 2014

      Gorgon City, Jess Glynn, Duke Dumont: the British House Mafia

      With numerous no 1 hits between them, this savvy bunch of young singers and producers have ridden the house revival all the way to the top of the charts. Sam Wolfson salutes a changing of the guard

      Right guys. Guys? Hello? Hi? If we could just get all the artists sitting over there? Guys? I am standing on a chair in the middle of the Guardian canteen, shouting like an idiot, and being ignored. Today feels more like organising a school trip than conducting interviews with seven of the brightest stars in UK house: singers Jess Glynne and Sinead Harnett, producers Duke Dumont, Gorgon City and Secondcity, and one-stop songwriting/singer/production shop MNEK. This group of people have not only created a string of insanely huge chart-topping records, but theyve also opened the door for others to do the same. The boring, manufactured pop orthodoxy has been knocked off its perch by a bunch of British kids.

      But they dont want to talk about that right now. Actually, they dont want to talk to me at all. Theyre busy planning which of their Ibiza dates overlap and telling each other which of their tracks they pump at the gym. Jess and Sinead quickly fall back to their shared north London upbringings and spend some considerable time impersonating suburban rudeboys. Muswell Hill is an ard area, jokes Jess, her impression accompanied by sarcastic gun fingers.

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      by Sam Wolfson via Electronic music | The Guardian



      As we plunge deep into Summer, BONES gives you his 6th installment to THE DEEP END mix series… concocted of house, garage, deep, bassline, tech, ghetto and anything low end friendly – this is an hour of the underground and the unknown. Summer is here kids, dive back into the abyss.


      Jade Blue & Frequency – Lately

      Filthy Rich, Ostertag – Smoking Mirrors (Original 9mm Magnum Mix)

      Mak & Pasteman – Bodywork

      Breach – Artis

      Doorly – Thunderclap

      Maff Boothroyd – Walking The Wire (SoulGroove Remix)

      Tough Love – Love & Happiness

      Volac – Fuck U

      Disclosure – Apollo

      Zinc – Show Me

      Jess Glynne – Right Here

      Celsius – Attrition

      Thee Cool Cats & BONES – G Stack

      Go Freek – We Can Ride (Torren Foot Remix)

      Schoolboy Q – Studio (Wood Holly Bootleg)

      Digitalism – Wolves (Riton Remix)

      Zeds Dead & Twin Shadow – Lost You

      Claude VonStroke – Sugar & Cinnamon (Justin Jay Remix)

      Last Magpie – Pledge

      BONES on




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      Watch Klaxons perform There Is No Other Time and Invisible Forces

      The group rework two tracks taken from their new album, Love Frequency, especially for our Guardian-Muzu.tv sessions

      Watch Klaxons perform Golden Skans and Show Me a Miracle

      Earlier this week, Klaxons performed Golden Skans and Show Me a Miracle as part of the Guardian's Muzu.tv sessions. Here's the next pair of tracks, There Is No Other Time and Invisible Forces, which the band have reworked into sparse, acoustic versions.

      Taken from their new album, Love Frequency, keyboardist and co-vocalist James Righton says that the band wanted to create songs that could move you on the dance floor whilst also retaining a core level of emotion.

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      James Lavelle: the 10 best tracks from this year's Meltdown

      Ahead of his stint as curator at this year's London event, the Mo'Wax and Unkle founder picks his favourite tracks from artists playing the festival

      Urban Archaeology 21 years of Mo'Wax in pictures

      This record is one of the most defining moments in cultural musical history, as it pretty much started hip hop and DJ turntablism. It was also the beginning of everything for me. It defined my pre-teenage years. I would have been very young, about eight or nine when it came out and I was probably wearing something like a Tacchini tracksuit, probably obsessively trying to break dance and playing tapes on a boom box. That's how I started to DJ. We all went home and got on our parent's really nice hi-fis and fucked them up by trying to scratch with them. Scratching doesn't quite work on a Linn hi-fi.

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      by Harriet Gibsone via Electronic music | The Guardian

      Urban Archaeology 21 years of Mo'Wax in pictures

      James Lavelle's Meltdown begins at the Southbank Centre in London today, and alongside the music, there's a exhibition marking the 21st anniversary of his Mo'Waz label. Here are some of the highlights from Mo'Wax's artwork archive, as featured in Urban Archaeology

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      by Ranjit DhaliwalGuardian music via Electronic music | The Guardian

      This is happening: concerts you need to see this week (June 13-19)

      It's an exciting week here in the concert listings. North by Northeast is happening in Toronto, Sled Island is kicking off in Calgary and our own CBCMusic.ca Festival will be taking place in Vancouver.

      As always, we'd like to remind you that if you know of concerts in your area that deserve to be in this list, please let us know via Twitter or Facebook.

      Follow Chris Dart on Twitter at: @ChrisDartCOTF


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      Thursday, June 12, 2014

      Wah Wah Radio – June 2014

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      It’s Scrimshire’s turn for a break this month as he’s busy mixing the new LP from Stac, so Dom is joined by Wah Wah’s third wheel, Bopperson, for a sultry summertime selection of soul, electronica and a little Brazilian flavour to help bring the World Cup home. There’s some brand spanking new Wah Wah 45s offerings too, a tribute to a comedy hero of ours, and plenty more besides. Hope you enjoy!

      Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation Of Souls – A Message Especially From God (Numero Group)

      Lee Fields – Just Can’t Win (Truth & Soul)

      Third Coast Kings – West Grand Boulevard (Record Kicks)

      Fruko – El Preso (Bosq Re-work) (Free Download)

      Maga Bo – Rapinbolada feat. Gaspar (Role)

      Bunty – We Are Here (Clap! Clap! Remix) (Betabet)

      Neko Neko – Where (Claude Remix) (My First Moth)

      Pistol Shrimp – Taking Names (Fybe.One Remix) (Promo)

      Lea Lea – AK-47 (Man Like Me Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)

      Cosmo Sheldrake – The Moss (Transgressive)

      Paper Tiger – Make It Through (Werkha Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)

      Denis Jones – Beginning (Humble Soul)

      Wayne Snow – Blue Moon (Tartelet)

      Alogte Oho Jonas and his Sounds Of Joy – Zota Yinne (Philophon)

      The Big Ben Hawaiian Orchestra – The Young Ones (Columbia)


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      Readers recommend: songs about narcissism

      Selfishness, self-interest or self-absorption, let's reflect on and name songs on inward-looking attitudes and the me, me, me

      "You're so full of yourself!" said the Russian doll to the mirror, as more Russian dolls appeared, reflecting on how the thing we're most interested in is perhaps ourselves. That may be the case, but self-absorbed behaviour can be variously fascinating, amusing or aggravating. It can come in many forms, from the autism of the narrator in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to the self-absorbed worries of Woody Allen in his films or many stand-up comedians. Selfishness and narcissism however can also have negative connotations to the point of extremity and personality breakdown. It's a serious matter, but let us not get too bogged down in this. Instead perhaps we might briefly marvel at Andy Serkis's rendition of such neuroses as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.

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      Live and direct – the hard hitting Netherlander and GDD favorite Bart B More is in the haus! Amidst his 2014 US Summer tour and in Los Angeles for his b2b set tonight w/ AC Slater @ NIGHT BASS, we grabbed a quick catch up with the man himself to see whats been up and whats to come…

      GDD: Bart! Been a minute since we last heard from you, whats been up this year for you as far as production? Anything you can let us know coming up too?

      BBM: Hey guys, it’s been a while indeed but I’m happy to be back in the states for a bit to play a couple of shows! I started off the year with my second EP on Skrillex’s imprint OWSLA. With that EP I was able to show a more cinematic side of myself which I was really happy about.

      Beside that I’ve been pushing my label Secure Recordings a lot with releasing my own tracks. To me, my last EP on Secure felt like a statement to make dance music more about dancing again, and I was really pleased to see it get support from heavy weights like Skrillex and Boys Noize. There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming up! I made a cowbell track that I’m releasing on Chris Lake’s ‘Rising Music’, and a new 3 track EP on Secure. But the thing I’m probably most excited about is my new collab project with Mr. Oizo, as he’s one of my biggest inspirations regarding creativity and originality. Super stoked for what’s ahead.

      GDD: You’re on your US Summer Tour now and will be playing @ Sound this Thursday for NIGHT BASS. What do you like best about playing in LA?

      BBM: I feel like there’s a lot of people in LA that truly appreciate my sound. I’ve received nothing but love at the shows I’ve played here. I notice because my social media usually blows up before I play a show in LA. The anticipation is just immense and it never disappoints. I’m really excited about the show tomorrow!

      GDD: What does “NIGHT BASS” mean to you? What do you think of this craze for “bass heavy house” or “nu-k garage” music? Can you see yourself adapting to it or still paving your own way?

      BBM: People that have followed my music know that I loooove bass heavy music :) so I definitely encourage this trend… super happy to be a part of introducing the mainstream to the roots of house music! Although my goal is to pave my own way of course, this is definitely a’ genre’ I’m most comfortable with.

      GDD: You’re going b2b with AC Slater @ NIGHT BASS. Have you guys ever played together before? Can we expect a studio session out of this trip?

      BBM: We’re definitely meeting up before the show, but not sure if we’ll be able to squeeze in a session. We used to play alongside each other all the time but we never actually played a b2b set before! I know it’ll be a lot of fun because it always is when we’re together. AC is very passionate about his music and always has so much fun when he dj’s , which rubs off on the crowd, not to mention myself as well ;)

      GDD: What are you looking forward to over the summer?

      BBM: Think I’m going to have a music filled summer, both in the studio and on the road dj’ing…I’ll be going to a lot of places meeting new people, and catching up with all the friends I made along the way. Really embracing the lifestyle at the moment and so grateful to be able to do it all, no complaints :)

      Don’t miss NIGHTBASS @ Sound TONIGHT featuring Bart B More, AC Slater, Royal-T, Lokate, Meech, and Bones.




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