Ty Segall is about to release his fantastic new album, Manipulator, and to promote it, he made a stop on Marc Maron’s WTF. Maron is super excited in this interview — he just jumps right in with absolute fervor talking about how he came across Segall’s music. Maron describes the new double album as “everything [Segall]’s been working towards.” At the end of the hour, Segall does an acoustic version of album track “The Singer,” so give it a listen and be sure to stream Manipulator afterward.
Melbourne band Deaf Wish have been releasing albums since the late 2000s, but haven’t gotten much attention in the US. That is likely to change now that Sub Pop has gotten ahold of them. This October will bring the release of their EP St. Vincent’s +3. Now you can listen to the first of the four songs, “St. Vincent’s,” a deathly noise-rock jam that frontwoman Sarah Hardiman absolutely dominates. Above is the unsettling artwork, which looks like The Man Behind Winkie from David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. got all dolled up for a beauty pageant. Listen below.
Last night, Beck played Marymoor Park in Seattle with opener Jenny Lewis. As part of the show’s encore, Beck and Lewis took the stage together to do a surprisingly reverent and unironic version of Rod Stewart’s 1978 cheez-disco smash “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Beck and Lewis traded off verses and even kinda looked and moved in convincing disco fashion. Watch.
In the past week and a half, plenty of artists have had plenty to say about the tragic killing of Michael Brown and the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Talib Kweli has been there for a few days, and earlier today, he became the latest to appear on CNN, speaking with Don Lemon, the network’s face on the ground and the target of many who feel that the network’s coverage is too soft on police. During his seven-minute interview with Lemon, Kweli started out by saying that Twitter has been doing a better job covering the protests than the mainstream media has, and when Lemon tried to step in to defend CNN’s coverage, Kweli went off on him. Kweli wasn’t a dick about it, and he stayed controlled and incisive the whole time, but he called out Lemon on everything from the wording of the articles on CNN’s website to Lemon’s own interview demeanor. Check it out below.
Next week, reissues of the first three M83 albums (M83, Dead Cities, Red Seas, And Lost Ghosts, and Before The Dawn Heals Us) will be released, with compilations of rarities and remixes coming next month. To mark the occasion, the band have given us a new video for “Lower Your Eyelids To Die With The Sun.” “Lower” was the epic closing track on Before The Dawn Heals Us — the album that was not just a breakthrough commercially, but also marked the transition of M83 from a recording duo with Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau to Gonzalez’s solo project. Watch the video, which is as majestic and somber as the song itself.
Staged in Toluca, nearly an hour outside Mexico City, the Ceremonia festival takes over the grounds of an enormous go-cart track, which not only provides a fairly panoramic mountaintop view but goes a long way toward making you feel like you are exactly in the middle of nowhere. This is the only festival I’ve ever attended where it was possible to order a Nutella-filled crepe and a seafood tostada garnished with roasted grasshoppers. Also, Toluca’s extreme elevation and thinner air means that traveling music journalists such as myself can find themselves relatively drunk after just two beers, which probably explains why so much of the festival now feels like weird dream.
Before the solo careers of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, and long before “I Can’t Dance,” Genesis were a cultishly beloved British prog band. The band’s arguable masterpiece was 1974′s The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, a double concept album that was Gabriel’s last with the group. It turns 40 in November, and the band, which has been dormant for years, could be doing something anniversary-related soon. Earlier this summer Gabriel, Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Steve Hackett all appeared together for the first time in forever in a promotional photo for an upcoming BBC documentary on the group. Now the Genesis Facebook page has just unveiled a new logo for the band and promises “some exciting Genesis news here tomorrow.” But what could that be? A reissue? A Broadway show? Phil Collins recently announced a return to the stage for the first time in a few years, but if he was going to be doing old-school Genesis shows, he’d have to play drums, something he hasn’t done in years. Speculate away in the comments section, but we’ll find out soon enough.var chartbeat_zone = "misc";
The Foo Fighters recorded the eight songs on their new album Sonic Highways in the famous studios of eight different cities, with local luminaries sitting in on all of them. And they also made an HBO series out of it; that’s called Sonic Highways, too. From the looks of its latest trailer, the series won’t just document the recording of the album; it’ll be about the distinctive musical histories of every one of these cities. Cameos include Ian MacKaye, Steve Albini, Dolly Parton, LL Cool J, Willie Nelson, Pharrell, Ben Gibbard, President Barack Obama, and, uh, Macklemore. The trailer features a bit of the new Foos song “Something From Nothing.” Watch it below, and check out the Sonic Highways tracklist.
You. push synth-pop to the darkest, most depressive place possible while still sounding like something you could dance to. “Feral” is the excellent single from the band’s upcoming album, Sunchaser, and the song is now accompanied by a video. Directed by You. member Scott Kiernan (who also does the NYC public-access show E.S.P. TV), the video displays various images — a clock, a bird, the band members — but churns them through old technology, warping them. Watch it and read a statement from Kiernan about the video below.
Way back in 2004, when the internet was still a new-ish thing and CD-Rs were still relevant, a specific CD-R filled with loud music spurred from shitty amps was making its way across England. That collection of 18 demos, recorded at the 2Fly Studios in Sheffield, would come to be known as Beneath The Boardwalk, the demo-tape that was file-shared into oblivion and made the Arctic Monkeys famous.
The relentlessly fascinating Swedish electro duo the Knife have spent the past 15 years playing with ideas of image, advancing radical agendas, and recording amazing tracks. They have four studio albums, one opera, and more than a few brain-bending live shows to their existence. And when they get done their current round of touring, they will cease to exist.
The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who “reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome them.” So far the program has covered panic disorders, bipolar 1, and bipolar 2. In the most recent episode, which covers clinical depression, the show profiled Thor Harris, best known as the drummer of Swans. Below you can watch the short documentary where Harris talks about depression and how his art has helped him. It’s an incredible, inspiring video and really worth watching if you feel you or someone close to you might be suffering from depression. Watch it below.
Arcade Fire are in the final stretch of their continent-spanning Reflektor tour, and as you may have heard, they’ve adopted the habit of paying tribute to each city they visit by covering a song/artist from (or associated with) that city. This started on the second night of the tour, in Minneapolis, where they covered Prince’s “Controversy.” Since then, they’ve covered everyone from sea to shining sea: from Fugazi (Washington D.C.) to Boyz II Men (Philadelphia) to Kansas (Kansas City). They don’t always go for the obvious choices, though! They did a pair of nights in L.A., and instead of covering, like, the Doors and the Eagles, they did Jane’s Addiction and “Axel F” … by the German composer Harold Faltermeyer … but which served as the theme from Beverly Hills Cop. Clever! Anyway, tomorrow night, the Reflektors are kicking off a three-night stand at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — their first shows in the borough since last fall’s much-discussed secret shows — and as it happens, Brooklyn has been home to many prominent musicians over the years, from George Gershwin (Brownsville!) to Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Fort Greene!) to They Might Be Giants (Windsor Terrace!). With such a robust selection of Brooklyn-relevant artists to choose from — and considering most of the Stereogum staff lives in Brooklyn and we know this hood pretty well if we do say so ourselves — we decided to give Arcade Fire a hand in selecting some artists to cover at Barclays. We’ve narrowed down a long list to a compact 10 possibilities. And now, we want you guys to make the final call. Which means: poll! So get on it. Vote below for the artist you think Arcade Fire should cover in Brooklyn, and before showtime Friday night we’ll pass along the results to the band (no, they won’t be expecting it) and will make it official in Shut Up, Dude. You can also suggest additional artists in the comments. If the band ultimately decides to play something by the Ramones (Queens!), well … at least we know we did everything we could.
“It’s my favorite part of being a musician, making records,” Carl Newman says. “There’s the satisfaction of ’we made this.’ It feels like the purest form of satisfaction, more so than, ’I’m happy because people are cheering for me.’”
Well, shit. Party’s over. As the world continues its inexorable march toward suckiness, the people behind the streaming platform SoundCloud have figured out that they can probably make a lot more money with their technology than they’re making. So SoundCloud, in order to wring as much money as possible from us, has introduced audio ads to the beginnings of its streams. As Billboard reports, those audio ads will run at least 15 seconds and, if they’re longer, will give the option to skip, just like YouTube ads do. Billboard does not report that these ads will make our days infinitely more annoying, but that’s implied. SoundCloud is also planning to start a paid subscription service once it works out deals with labels, though it doesn’t really say what a SoundCloud subscription would even be. Hopefully, you enjoyed all those sweet, sweet years of ad-free SoundCloud streams.var chartbeat_zone = "misc";
Last year, Thurston Moore hooked up with American black metal supergroup Twilight for what would become that band’s third and final album, III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb, released at the beginning of 2014. III is a really good album, but its creation was nothing short of a hot fucking mess, due in no small part to the actions of deposed Twilight co-founder Blake Judd, also of Nachtmystium. I wrote a whole bunch about those actions last year — in short: Judd stole from his friends and fans and he landed in jail for theft. Judd publicly expressed contrition and asked me to share his apologies with Stereogum readers — which I did — but according to the internet, he’s once again up to no good: There’s now a Facebook group dedicated to documenting Judd’s alleged scams, which I predict will result in either a class-action lawsuit and/or another bus ride to county. Orange is the new black metal! Anyway, Thur-Mo’s BM dabbling is apparently in the rearview, and who can blame him? Being involved in that trainwreck would have scared off just about anyone. A press release for Full Bleed, the upcoming album from the Moore-John Moloney collaboration Caught On Tape, includes this pretty random exchange re: black metal:
Where I’m from, Brian McBride is a soccer player, but a different Brian McBride has been responsible for a lot of great music over the years, most prominently the ambient drone duo Stars Of The Lid. In recent years McBride has been recording with Furry Things’ Kenneth James Gibson under the name Bell Gardens, and they’ll soon release their sophomore full-length Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions. Opening track “Darker Side Of Sunshine” definitely sounds like its title. It’s a glorious bit of slowly emerging psych-Americana that makes me feel like dawn is breaking and so is my heart. Listen below, where you’ll also find a trailer for the new album.
As previously reported, Aphex Twin will soon release SYRO, his first proper album in 13 years. He built up anticipation with a blimp and some graffiti, and then he made the announcement itself on the deep web. So now that Warp, his longtime label, has confirmed the details of the LP, you know they can’t just issue a straightforward press release about it. The important thing you need to know: The album is out 9/23. That’s just 33 days away! It’ll be available on triple-vinyl, which mean it will be long! The all-text image in that deep-web link is the actual album artwork, and it comes from the Designers Republic. But it’s also worth noting that Warp made the announcement in a press release that refers to Aphex as “celebrated and influential electronic fartist” and claims that his “rooster has been the slow development.” You may as well immerse yourself in the syntactic chaos. The press release is below, as is a new promotional photo and the album’s final tracklist.
Lauryn Hill has shared a demo for a song called “Black Rage,” which she’s been performing live since at least 2012. “Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO,” Hill tweeted out along with the song, dedicating it to Ferguson. The track has a political message that turns Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” on its head. It starts out, “Black rage is founded on two-thirds of a person/ Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens/ Black human packages tied up in strings/ Black rage can come from all these kinds of things.” You can listen to the song and read the lyrics below.