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    First Spin: Memoryhouse's Dreamy Debut LP 'The Slideshow Effect'

    Since signing to Sub Pop last September, dream-pop duo Memoryhouse have been busy cleaning up their sound for their emergence from the basement stage. On their new album, The Slideshow Effect, the Toronto act toy with our emotional fragility in the wake of Rilo Kiley's official breakup last summer; songs like "Pale Blue" evoke visions of a mythical collaboration project of Jenny Lewis, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls, and Victoria LeGrand of Beach House. Important note: We're talking about Memoryhouse, not Memory Tapes, the Grammy-nominated, Carpark Records-signed project of Dayve Hawk. (Confused? Stick with us, you'll be fine.) Slideshow drops in the U.S. February 28 via Sub Pop (you can order it at iTunes and Amazon).

  • Fiona Apple Announces Short Post-SXSW Tour

    Fiona Apple Announces Short Post-SXSW Tour

    Fiona Apple's career is finally back on. Following the announcement of her upcoming appearance at SXSW, the singer has confirmed via her Facebook fan page a short, six-date East Coast run post-SXSW, hopefully to coincide with the eventual release of her embattled new record (her first since 2005's Extraordinary Machine). The tour is pretty brief and pretty clustered near NYC, but we're hoping these dates are just the beginning of a colorful, head-rearing, Fiona-filled 2012. No release date for the record has yet been set, but folks at her label, Epic, fervently assure everyone that it'll be soon. Er, spring maybe? Well, this year for sure, anyway.  Per Twentyfourbit, tickets go on sale for Flavorpill subscribers on Thursday (February 23) from 10 a.m. through 10 p.m.

  • Brand New

    Bamboozle 2012 Adds Brand New, 25 More to Lineup

    The tenth-annual Bamboozle festival is gifting its diehards some new additions: Brand New and 25 other acts including Less than Jake and Buckcherry will be sharing the spotlight with the now 100-act-deep roster in Asbury Park May 18-20. Considering the Bamboozle branded itself as a pop-punk and emo haven for at least seven of its ten years, the 2012 lineup has been one of its most eclectic yet, starting with the announcement in December of headlining acts like Skrillex, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Blink-182, and Mac Miller alongside Bamboozle mainstays like Jimmy Eat World, Motion City Soundtrack, and Bouncing Souls. In the past few years, Bamboozle has striven for diversity — last year's bill featured LMFAO and Lil Wayne and 2010's included Drake and Ke$ha.

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    Hear Santigold's Groovy New Single 'Disparate Youth'

    When SPIN saw Santigold debut new songs from her May 1 disc Master of My Make Believe last month, it only stoked our excitement in the album we'd put on our Must-Hear Albums of 2011 list last year (hey, we were excited!). Today, Santi did us a solid and dropped the second single from her forthcoming sophomore full-length via YouTube. "Disparate Youth" (which will arrive on iTunes tomorrow) is, as expected, distinctly Santi, as was first single "Big Mouth," though the second track gives us less Major Lazer booty-popping and more upbeat-Zola-Jesus art-pop. Dig its rolling beat, stabs of guitar, and Santi's earworm of a melody: How long until some YouTube "DJ" delivers a mashup using "Disparate Youth," 311's "Amber" and Grimes' "Oblivion"?

  • First Spin: Mind Spiders' Surf-Kraut-Skate-Rock 'Meltdown'

    First Spin: Mind Spiders' Surf-Kraut-Skate-Rock 'Meltdown'

    Mind Spiders made a splash with their fast, punchy, self-titled debut LP last year. On Meltdown, out tomorrow (February 21, via Dirtnap Records), the two-drummer Fort Worth, Texas-based outfit stray from their previous dedication to ADHD tempos, turning up the low-fi a half-notch and falling into a solid, head-bopping (rather than viciously banging) groove. The record is the first to feature the entire live band, and while their first album was recorded in bits and pieces, Meltdown feels worlds more cohesive. The formula is fantastic: '90s pop-punk's structures (hello, Blink-182's "Girl at the Rock Show") meets '60s surf pop's persistent beat (hello, the Surfaris' "Wipeout") meets '80s new wave and post-punk's synths meets modern skate-punk's ethos (think Wavves, Bass Drum of Death, and another of our recent First Spins, FIDLAR).

  • Hear Blur's New Acoustic Song 'Under the Westway'

    Hear Blur's New Acoustic Song 'Under the Westway'

    Damon Albarn is stepping out in 2012. After announcing Gorillaz's Converse collaboration song with James Murphy and Andre 3000 late last year (and teasing it last week), he and bandmate Graham Coxon debuted a new Blur song during their set at a benefit show for U.K.-based NGO War Child International. As Consequence of Sound reports, Albarn and Coxon debuted "Under the Westway," the first Blur track since 2010's Record Store Day one-off "Fool's Day," at the performance at London's Shepherds Bush Empire. The band, whose heretofore most recent performance was in 2009 at Hyde Park, Coxon has said that there is definitely a new Blur record on the way; it would be the first studio album from the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Brit Award winners in nine years, since 2003's Think Tank.

  • Songs and Prayers: Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral

    Songs and Prayers: Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral

    Pop icon Whitney Houston, who died unexpectedly the night before the Grammy Awards, was laid to rest in Westfield, New Jersey, this weekend. Hundreds of invite-only guests — including Dionne Warwick (Houston's cousin, who hosted the service), Clive Davis, Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige, according to E! — gathered at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark to pay their respects to her family.

  • Reunited Make-Up May Play a Stateside Show

    Reunited Make-Up May Play a Stateside Show

    A few days ago, beloved D.C. punks the Make-Up announced they'll be reuniting for the first time in 12 years for London's All Tomorrow's Parties this May, and now frontman Ian Svenonius, who currently fronts the woefully unsassy Chain and the Gang, has given a fantastic interview to the Washington Post's Click Track about the (brief) reunion and how, since disbanding in early 2001, the band has "hermetically sealed" their songs in the past. In the Q&A, the ever-eccentric Svenonius reveals that he "has a strict rule with [his bands] — [a] five-year plan," and that he's been writing a "manual" on philosophy and rock, called Supernatural Strategies for Starting a Rock 'N' Roll Group.

  • Chris Cornell, Unlikely Gay Hero, Slams Homophobe and Covers Whitney Houston

    Chris Cornell, Unlikely Gay Hero, Slams Homophobe and Covers Whitney Houston

    Chris Cornell had a really righteous evening yesterday. Last night in San Francisco, Blabbermouth reports that the Soundgarden/ex-Audioslave frontman played solo at a pricey ($100 to $7,500 a seat!) Obama fundraiser, where he paid tribute to Whitney Houston. Cornell's acoustic performance of Dolly Parton's Houston-made-infamous "I Will Always Love You," captured in the video below, was a refreshing take on the song that's been covered ad nauseam in the days following Houston's untimely passing. Then, as Perez Hilton reported this morning, having just returned to Seattle and hanging out in the Alaska Airlines lounge, Cornell broke up an argument that involved some homophobic slurs. The fight was between two men, one of whom called the other a "queer," at which point, according to witnesses, Cornell stepped in, saying, "You're a prick.

  • Watch Skrillex's Hook-a-licious 'Bangarang' Video

    Watch Skrillex's Hook-a-licious 'Bangarang' Video

    In the wake of his recent triple play at the Grammys, and in the midst of the sudden blog-frenzy surrounding his personal life, Skrillex has, in a symbolic eyebrow-raise, reminded us why he's here with us by dropping the video for the title track from his December EP, Bangarang. In the Tony T. Datis-directed clip, "Bangarang," a reference to the Peter Pan redux film Hook (it's the battle cry of Rufio, who takes over as leader of the lost boys after Peter decides to leave Neverland and grow up) manifests literally, with a modern twist: The lost boys have become hoodlum street kids with a keen penchant for explosive weaponry, as they mug the ice cream truck of a gluttonous, mustachio'ed driver who doesn't seem to have done anything wrong except eaten a whole lot of his own merchandise.

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