Monthly Archives August 2016

Hear Sampha’s Brooding New Song ‘Blood on Me’

August 31, 2016 Music

British R&B artist Sampha outruns mysterious forces on "Blood on Me," a thrilling new track from his upcoming debut LP, Process. "I hear them coming for me," he croons over crunchy drums, chiming piano and a lush backing vocal choir.

Sampha co-produced "Blood on Me" with Rodaidh McDonald. The emerging singer-songwriter recently collaborated with Frank Ocean on his surprise visual album Endless, a precursor to the long-awaited Blonde. He's also racked up vocal, production and songwriting credits for Drake ("Too Much"), Kanye West ("Saint Pablo"), FKA twigs ("Numbers"), Lil Silva ("Salient Sarah") and Jessie Ware ("Valentine").

Sampha released the

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Ryan Adams: How AC/DC, ELO Inspired Upcoming Album

August 31, 2016 Music

Ryan Adams is mining an unexpected influence – hard rock icons AC/DC – for the sonic design of his upcoming 16th LP, out November 4th. "When I run, I listen to Nano that I have," the singer-songwriter told Entertainment Weekly. "I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I'll listen to the best of stuff from the '80s: Springsteen, or Hornsby, and I'll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC's Fly on the Wall, and that's when I realized what I had to do for the record."

Last fall, Adams told EW his next album would feature material inspired by Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town and the Smith's Meat Is Murder. But

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Hear David Bowie’s Rare, Stripped-Back ‘TVC15′ Remix

August 31, 2016 Music

A new mix of David Bowie's Station to Station single "TVC 15" strips back the funky New Wave crossover hit for a more direct effect and will feature on the upcoming box set Who Can I Be Now?, which focuses on the singer's recordings in the mid-Seventies. Producer Harry Maslin, who worked on the original recording, made the new mix in 2010, according to The Guardian, in an attempt to make it sound the way Bowie had originally wanted it to.

From the start, the piano – played by E Street Band member Roy Bittan on Professor Longhair's instrument – comes to the forefront. Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar's guitar playing sounds more pronounced, while Bowie's vocals sound clear and cutting compared to the muddled

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DJ Shadow Selling Rare Records at Madlib Event

August 31, 2016 Music

DJ Shadow will be selling hundreds of records from his personal collection at an upcoming L.A. popup shop with Madlib on September 10th and 11th. The event will also include some of the DJ-producer's archival rarities, an exclusive vinyl edition of his 2016 track "The Sideshow" and a "collector's smorgasbord of 8-Tracks, cassettes, posters and other oddities," Pitchfork reports.

"This is a chance for producers, dealers, and DJ’s to access seldom-seen and eclectic vinyl at affordable prices," DJ Shadow, who will attend the event, said in a statement. "These are all records I have other copies of, and I've decided that I don't need to keep multiples. Think of it as a year-long thrift-store hunt consolidated into

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Inside Ruth B’s Outspoken Debut

August 31, 2016 Music

Two years ago, Ruth B was a 19-year-old working at Marshalls in Edmonton, Canada, when she had an idea. Inspired by her love of fantasy novels, she wrote her first song, "Lost Boy," a spare, soulful piano ballad about loneliness, packed with Peter Pan references. She uploaded six seconds of the chorus to Vine, which she'd previously used to post clips of herself singing Drake and Lana Del Rey songs.

"Lost Boy" scored 84,000 likes in just a week, and a few months later, she had a deal with Columbia. This summer, the song became a Top 40 hit. "If someone told me a year ago that people would ask me for pictures at Starbucks," she says, "I would've just laughed."

On a recent summer afternoon, Ruth, 21, sits in a

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Inside Ruth B’s Outspoken Debut

August 31, 2016 Music

Two years ago, Ruth B was a 19-year-old working at Marshalls in Edmonton, Canada, when she had an idea. Inspired by her love of fantasy novels, she wrote her first song, "Lost Boy," a spare, soulful piano ballad about loneliness, packed with Peter Pan references. She uploaded six seconds of the chorus to Vine, which she'd previously used to post clips of herself singing Drake and Lana Del Rey songs.

"Lost Boy" scored 84,000 likes in just a week, and a few months later, she had a deal with Columbia. This summer, the song became a Top 40 hit. "If someone told me a year ago that people would ask me for pictures at Starbucks," she says, "I would've just laughed."

On a recent summer afternoon, Ruth, 21, sits in a

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Review: Vince Staples’ ‘Prima Donna’ Mixes Black Humor, Black Rage

August 31, 2016 Music

Midway through the 21 minutes of this seven song EP, Vince Staples sits in a hotel room beset by Kurt Cobain dreams, looking at a loaded .44 and thinking about making Van Gogh patterns on the wall with his brains. Then housekeeping knocks on the door. "Tryin' to get my head straight," he raps with lazy breathlessness. "She tryin' to get the bed straight." Staples is a third-generation Long Beach gangbanger who turned to hip-hop as safe space. A series of mixtapes led to last year's Summertime '06, two CDs of explosive rap minimalism that weighed the consequences of gangsta life. On Prima Donna he stares down his survivor's guilt with black humor and black rage. The music is as bleep-y as it is banging (James Blake produces on

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Review: Vince Staples’ ‘Prima Donna’ Mixes Black Humor, Black Rage

August 31, 2016 Music

Midway through the 21 minutes of this seven song EP, Vince Staples sits in a hotel room beset by Kurt Cobain dreams, looking at a loaded .44 and thinking about making Van Gogh patterns on the wall with his brains. Then housekeeping knocks on the door. "Tryin' to get my head straight," he raps with lazy breathlessness. "She tryin' to get the bed straight." Staples is a third-generation Long Beach gangbanger who turned to hip-hop as safe space. A series of mixtapes led to last year's Summertime '06, two CDs of explosive rap minimalism that weighed the consequences of gangsta life. On Prima Donna he stares down his survivor's guilt with black humor and black rage. The music is as bleep-y as it is banging (James Blake produces on

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Former AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Recovering From Heart Attack

August 31, 2016 Music

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd revealed that he recently underwent an emergency procedure after suffering a heart attack, but that he's already recuperated and ready to return to his kit. ''Yeah, I had a fucking heart attack, but I am good now, got a stent inside," Rudd told the New Zealand Herald.

"I was just at home walking around and I started feel, well, just funny," Rudd continued. "You know how you can feel funny? I had a strange pain in my chest. So my housekeeper took me to the hospital, when they hooked me up and did all these tests, turned out I had a big heart attack ... my artery was all blocked up, and they said I had to stay in and have an operation."

Rudd ended up undergoing a procedure where a

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Former AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Recovering From Heart Attack

August 31, 2016 Music

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd revealed that he recently underwent an emergency procedure after suffering a heart attack, but that he's already recuperated and ready to return to his kit. ''Yeah, I had a fucking heart attack, but I am good now, got a stent inside," Rudd told the New Zealand Herald.

"I was just at home walking around and I started feel, well, just funny," Rudd continued. "You know how you can feel funny? I had a strange pain in my chest. So my housekeeper took me to the hospital, when they hooked me up and did all these tests, turned out I had a big heart attack ... my artery was all blocked up, and they said I had to stay in and have an operation."

Rudd ended up undergoing a procedure where a

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