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  • Museum of Love 'Down South' DFA Pat Mahoney Jee Day

    Hear Museum of Love's Heady House Gem 'Down South'

    DFA Records are launching a brand new project that combines the talents of LCD Soundsystem member Pat Mahoney and the Juan MacLean player Dennis McNany. Dubbed Museum of Love, the duo finds the former moving from drums to lead vocals — sporting, it should be said, a David Byrne-like coo — while the man better known as producer Jee Day handles the rest. Combining arty atmosphere and patient pacing with a sound that harkens back to the days when live disco was giving way to house beats, their sound is both blissful and brainy.The first single from their collaboration is "Down South," and it's streaming below. An official release is set for June 18, with an album to come via DFA later this year. Mahoney, it should be noted, was a shoo-in for SPIN's 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music.

  • Italians Do It Better After Dark 2 Download Johnny Jewel

    Italians Do It Better (and for Free) on 'After Dark 2' Compilation

    Last month's After Dark 2 compilation from Italians Do It Better was no less than six years in the making. Anticipation was riding high for the set helmed by synthesizer wizard Johnny Jewel and the 15-track mix did not disappoint. Now the entire thing can be streamed and downloaded for free (below) as one continuous track melding all of those glistening Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, and Mirage songs into one big pile of lush keyboards, canned percussion, and vocal come-ons. Though the stream arrives nearly a full month after the album hit iTunes, fans should be used to the Jewel crew's wonky schedule. It took the label half a year to press the Chromatics' excellent Kill for Love onto vinyl, and the video for AD2's "Cherry Cherry" dropped all the way back in November. Italians also like to take their time, which may very well be why they do it better.

  • R. Kelly Flight Delayed Passengers 'I Believe I Can Fly' Airplane

    Trapped on the Tarmac: Passengers Sing 'I Believe I Can Fly' on Delayed Flight

    By now, we should all be well aware of the restorative and inspirational powers of an R. Kelly song. The man brought genuine glee to SoCal's so-cool Coachella this year when he performed with Phoenix, there was a petition to make his "Ignition" remix the new national anthem (over 10,000 signatures), and his Trapped in the Closet musical soap opera has happily franchised itself into a book deal and a hilarious soundboard.Now, Kells has indirectly provided hope and relief to an airplane full of passengers stuck on a Las Vegas tarmac for several hours in 100-degree heat.

  • Mumford Sons Ted Dwayne Hospitalized Shows Cancelled

    Mumford & Sons Cancel Shows as Doctors Find Blood Clot on Bassist's Brain

    Mumford & Sons have canceled a week's worth of shows in their current U.S. Summer Stampede tour following their bassist's hospitalization. After "feeling unwell for a few days," Ted Dwayne was admitted to a hospital on Monday (June 10) where it was discovered that he has a blood clot on the surface of his brain. Forthcoming dates in Dallas and Woodlands, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, have been postponed. They played Austin on Sunday.The news came via an announcement posted by the band themselves to the Mumford & Sons website. Dwayne is expected to recover safely and quickly. The Grammy-winning bluegrass boys' next major stop would be Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee on Saturday, June 15. Here's the full message:Our friend and bandmate Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital to receive emergency treatment.

  • Disclosure Fake DJ Set Capital Unplugged Facebook

    Disclosure Don't Normally Fake-DJ, But When They Do They Explain Themselves

    Our favorite Breaking Out stars Disclosure have nabbed the No. 1 spot on Britain's album charts with their Essential debut LP Settle, so it's only natural that "The U.K.'s No. 1 Hit Music Station" Capital FM would want to get in on the action. Their annual Summertime Ball on Sunday (June 9) featured appearances from an impressive range of performers — PSY, Taylor Swift, AlunaGeorge, Jessie J — but not all of them may have actually performed.Electronic music blog I Love Bass Music shared a photo from the event on Facebook showing the Lawrence brothers poised behind a mixing station that isn't actually plugged into anything. Underneath the table is the power supply, in fact, conspicuously lacking any sort of outlet.

  • Young Galaxy 'New Summer' Video Ultramarine

    Young Galaxy Shoot Their Own Disaster Flick for 'New Summer'

    Canada's Young Galaxy excel at crafting the sort of beautiful synth-kissed dream-pop that would so perfectly accompany a beautiful day spent poolside of picnicking, so when one sees the title of their single, "New Summer," there's no need for concern. Everything is just as it should be. But the video for that same song suggest the exact opposite. While singer Catherine McCandless coos, "Here it comes again, the beautiful, warm weather," the viewer is given a front-row seat to nothing less than a nuclear apocalypse. In teaming up with director Ivan Grbovic and his special effects engineers, the band told NPR they hoped to make us question the sound and meaning of the song itself.

  • Jay Arner 'Surf Don't Sink' Stream

    Hear Jay Arner's Lovely 'Surf Don't Sink' Ride Synth-Pop Swell Into Garage-Rock Bliss

    Vancouver's Jay Arner has played in enough bands over the years to know how to sound like one when the job calls for it. After toiling in anonymity as a sideman and producer (working on records by Mount Eerie, Rose Melberg, and more), he's stepping out with his fittingly titled first solo album& Jay Arner, which finds the man making every sound you'll hear therein.Due on Mint Records this summer, the 10-song set is made of analog synths, shimmering guitars, propulsive drums, and playful bass lines. But at the center of it all is Arner's voice — a sonic smile capable of soothing highs and lovely lows. Below you'll find "Surf Don't Sink," the very embodiment of a day at the beach, perhaps helped along by the ingesting of a mild psychoactive substance or two. The music itself shifts between garage-rock and synth-pop with surprising ease. This guy's no hodad.

  • Doctor P 'The Champagne Bop' Stream Big Beat

    Doctor P Delivers Deft Dubstep Deliciousness With 'The Champagne Bop'

    It feels a little unkind to share a Friday-night ripper like this on a Tuesday morning, but perhaps the bass-damaged club-dub of Doctor P can provide a little work week relief for those in need. England's Shaun Brockhurt has recorded under a handful of names and projects — DJ Picto, Slum Dogz, Sounds Destructive — and helps run the dubstep label Circus Records with fellow low-end lover Flux Pavilion. But as Doctor P he's found his biggest following (not to mention a deal with Atlantic dance imprint Big Beat Records) and listening to "The Champagne Bop," it's not hard to understand why. Though heavy on the robot skronk, this track also trades in busy synth sequences, slashed and mashed ragga vocals, rap chants, ratchet drums, major drops, and bounding dubs. All of which comes together to make an aggressive groove that could go on for days.

  • Apple Music Streaming Service iTunes Radio

    iTunes Radio Offers Apple Users Streaming Music at Last

    At long last, Apple will have its very own streaming music service. Dubbed simply Apple Radio — take that, Google Play Music All Access — the free song-player will launch along with iOS 7 in the fall and be a feature of all iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, and even Apple TV. The standard version will be ad supported, while iTunes Match cloud subscribers will enjoy it sans commercials. The news came via the company's annual developers conference on today in San Francisco.Much like the recently launched Google service, Apple Radio will allow users to customize their listening experience via Pandora-esque stations based on artists, albums, or songs that they like. There will also be 200-plus genre-based stations, which bodes well for the Seapunk community who've been seeking legitimacy ever since more than 12 people knew they existed.

  • Gunplay Acquitted Mixtape Stream Download

    Gunplay Celebrates Criminal Life on Prison-Bar-Strong 'Acquitted' Mixtape

    Gunplay was so confident that he'd clear his name in that armed robbery case that he continued to make and release songs and videos blatantly celebrating a criminal lifestyle. But this is Miami's Richard Morales Jr. we're talking about here — the man could skate by on charisma alone, and his approach to the fading art of gangsterish rap is imbued with strange humor and unlikely insight. All of which makes a brand new mixtape from the man incredibly welcome. And considering the dude's freshly dodged charges, it's fair to assume his confidence in and commitment to rapping about illicit subject matter will be redoubled. The titularly current Acquitted does not disappoint.

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