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January 30, 2015
Philly band The War on Drugs had the biggest year ever thanks to their amazing album Lost in the Dream which topped a bunch of year end lists and landed on countless others, including our own.
If you're a fan of Lost in the Dream, but not of Tom Petty and Dire Straits, maybe now's a good time to start digging back into the catalogs of those classic rockers. As the Guardian points out:
This Philadelphian longhair and his band have dusted off the smug 80s chug of Dire Straits, the percolations of Tom Petty and the more over-produced corners of Springsteen and made a startlingly clubbable record out of them.That's right. Thanks to The War on Drugs, Tom Petty and Dire Straits are cool again.
Another reason Petty is cool right now? It recently came to light that the Traveling Wilburys member co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" by Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith! Okay, maybe he didn't do it on purpose, but he is now officially one of the song's co-writers.
Many people noticed that "Stay With Me" sounded a lot like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down", and recently people noticed that it now says "Tom Petty" in the online credits for the song. Sam Smith's people released this statement:
"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions. Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity.Tom Petty then added this gracious statement yesterday:
"Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."Awwww....
Meanwhile, the Sam Smith song that he co-wrote is nominated in three Grammy categories, not counting its appearance on the Sam Smith album which is nominated for "Album of the Year" (Sam is also nominated for "Best New Artist"). But, the Recording Academy's Bill Freimuth told CNN that because Petty didn't add anything new to the song, he's not one of its Grammy nominees. Tom is up for a Grammy of his own though. He was nominated for "Best Rock Album".
William Phillips aka Tourist
Fun Fact: Disclosure affiliate Tourist aka William Phillips ALSO co-wrote that song (thief! JUST KIDDING). He is up for the Grammy along with Sam. He also has three Tourist EPs out already, and his own debut album is due this summer. You can catch him at Coachella, and today he released a Little Loud remix of his song "Illuminate" (which features Years & Years who are one of the many artists whose NYC shows were just affected by Juno). Listen to that at FADER who also interviewed him:
"It's very strange. Because I never had the intention of being a songwriter. I know the Disclosure guys, I know their management--they publish my music--and one of the people they also manage is Sam [Smith]. So they said to me, do you want to go and write a song with this guy Sam? So I did. It was half an hour. We had a Pizza Express in between. That was it. It was not a big deal, it was just a raw distillation of an idea. I just played the piano."Lucky break.
Fun Fact 2: Years and Years who appear on that Tourist track were recently awarded "Sound of 2015" by the BBC. In 2014 the award went to Sam Smith. May "Tourist" have the same luck as all the award-winning projects he is currently associated with!
Meanwhile, Dire Straits, who were up for the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 1980, are not a band anymore, but their guitarist Mark Knopfler is very busy being a solo artist. He's got a new album called Tracker due March 17 on Verve Records, and he'll be touring in support. This week he added a 2nd Beacon Theater show which just went on sale today. Tickets for the both NYC shows (10/20 and 10/21) are at Ticketmaster. All of his dates are listed, along with a stream of his new single "Beryl", below...
January 28, 2015
Detroit's annual electronic music festival Movement returns this year from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend). The phase one lineup was announced and it includes Snoop Dogg under the name DJ Snoopadelic, Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Dog Blood (aka Boys Noize and Skrillex), Carl Craig, Matthew Dear, Danny Brown, Ben UFO, Clark, Fort Romeau, Nina Kraviz, People Under the Stairs, Rone, Shigeto and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full phase one lineup below...
January 27, 2015
photo: Cashmere Cat at MoMA PS1 in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Later this year, dance producer Cashmere Cat will head out on tour supporting his collaborator Ariana Grande, which hits NYC for two nights at MSG (3/20 & 3/21) (tickets). If you'd like to see him somewhere smaller, and not opening for a pop star though, you're in luck. The night of the second MSG show, Cashmere Cat will headline his own NYC show at Webster Hall (3/21). Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30).
by Bill Pearis
Swedish balearic revivalists Studio called it quits in 2012, with Rasmus Hägg and Dan Lissvik going their separate ways. Lissvik has been the more visible of the two, producing albums by Young Galaxy and Taken by Trees, as well as lots of remix work. Dan is getting back into making his own music and is planning a series of 12" singles and EPs, leading up to an album in late 2015. The first of those, Shuvit!, will be out February 10 via Smalltown Supersound. You can stream "Airwalk," which sounds very Studio-like, below....
January 23, 2015
by Bill Pearis
NYC trio Bottoms describe themselves as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer" and a "gender-problematizing goth dance band." Simon Leahy and Michael Prommasi were both in Teeth, and they're rounded out by "lead screamer" Jake Dibeler. Musically, Bottoms draw inspiration from acid house, electroclash/dancepunk and other underground dance scenes; lyrically they mix camp with some serious themes. They released "hiv" for World AIDS Day and they talked to FADER about their song "My Body":
Musically, it's was inspired by Terry Riley and the Paradise Garage sound. We're really interested in the dichotomy of upbeat music with a more depressing lyrical theme. It's like sad music for the club -- people dancing to a suicide note. Of course with most of bottoms music, there is always a sense of humor. In this way, the music becomes a fair representation of the three of us as people: simultaneously sad and funny, and complex.Bottoms' debut EP, Goodbye, was released this week via JD Samson's Atlas Chair label. You can stream a few tracks from it below.
Tonight (1/23) at Secret Project Robot, Bottoms play a record release show with JD Samson and Ryan Smith as your DJs. You can buy advance tickets that also gets you a copy of the vinyl at the show. They've got a few European shows coming up, in April. All dates are listed below.
Leahy is also the founder of NYC Porn Film Festival, which will happen February 27 - March 1 at Secret Project Robot, details still TBA.
by Bill Pearis
Aphex Twin's Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 EP is out today (1/23). While from the same sessions, apparently, that gave us last year's Syro, the title of this EP is dead-on: here Richard D James is working with very organic sounds/samples (live drums, piano, bells and chimes), giving things a decidedly jazzy feel. And if 13 tracks and 27 minute running time seems like more like an album, the EP tag actually makes sense listening to it. It's variations on a theme, more than 13 distinct songs. You can stream an alternate mix of opening cut "Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]" and the whole EP via Spotify, below...
January 16, 2015
by Bill Pearis
A review of Etienne de Crécy's 1996 Super Discount EP spawned the term "French Touch" which would soon be applied to Daft Punk, Air, Cassius and other electronic acts of the late '90s. Crécy has a new album, Super Discount 3, that's out next week (1/20) via Ultra Music. It features contributions from Madeline Follin (Cults), De La Soul's Pos & Dave, Baxter Dury, Kilo Kish, and fellow Frenchman Alex Gopher. You can stream the whole album ahead of its release via iTunes and you can watch a Pitchfork TV documentary on Crécy's Super Discount series below.
Crécy will be in the U.S. next month for a few Super Discount DJ gigs, including NYC at Verboten on February 12 with All Dom Wrong. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
January 15, 2015
Vessel - 'Punish, Honey' artwork
Two excellent noisy electronic musicians, Bristol, UK's Vessel and Providence, RI's Container, who have shared bills before, are teaming up yet again for some North American shows this year. There doesn't appear to be a full tour announcement at the moment, but both producers have a handful of dates scheduled, at least two of which are together. One of those happens in Brooklyn on February 4 at The Wick. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (1/15). All currently known dates are listed below.
Both released great albums last year. Container put out Adhesive on Liberation Technologies and Vessel put out Punish, Honey on Tri Angle. Vessel also just performed live for Noisey at Tate Britain with the Immix Ensemble. Watch that performance, with a song stream from each of those LPs and lists of dates, below.
January 13, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
London producer Benjy Keating has been putting out material under the Palmistry moniker, as well as collaborating with Triad God, Dracula Lewis, Sunless '97 and Felicita since 2011. His most recent release, the Ascensión mixtape, came out this past November and can be downloaded for free here or streamed below. If you dig the futuristic pop of PC Music or SOPHIE (who contributed to his 2013 single "Catch") but want something a little less novelty, Palmistry will probably be right up your alley. His sound also sometimes crosses over into the world of alternative R&B, vocally.
Palmistry is headed to NYC for a midnight show at Baby's All Right on Saturday (1/17) headlined by Atlanta Night Slugs DJ Helix, and also featuring Teklife's Tripletrain and Celestial Trax b2b Geng. It appears to be his only show announced at the moment. Tickets are on sale.
Listen to the Ascensión mixtape and "Catch" below...
As discussed, two electronic masterminds Clark and Nosaj Thing are going on a tour together, including a NYC show happening April 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Since we last spoke, the pair have expanded their tour, adding a second NYC date happening a day earlier at Bowery Ballroom (4/3). Tickets for the MHOW show are still available, and tickets (same link) for Bowery should be on sale soon.
Updated dates are listed, with Clark's recent video for "Beacon," below...