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Album review: Closing Forever Sky by Firekites

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 9 August 2014

For many others, and myself six years is a long time to wait for a follow up release; but sometimes life just gets in the way. This is the considered answer from Timothy McPhee (front man, guitar wizard and in house producer) over his mug of hot water, lemon and ginger as we take refuge […]

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Have your own front row seats at more than 13,000 concerts

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Music on Monday 21 July 2014

Music Vault has spent the past two years remastering more than 13,000 concert videos, and if that’s still not amazing enough, they’ve decided they want to share them with you on YouTube. Yes, you get to spend sleepless nights watching some serious footage that spans the last five decades, with fantastic performances by a wide […]

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Vinyl’s not dead, it never was: here’s the book to prove it

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Monday 21 July 2014

In recent years the iconic vinyl has been supplanted by compact discs and it’s successors. That is to say, it was supplanted in the minds of the manufacturers at least. In actual fact however, a persistent appreciation for vinyl discs as the primary musical object has endured and flourished decades after it was declared ‘obselete’. […]

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Iconic album covers put in their place using google street view

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Tuesday 8 July 2014

As the latest instalment in their ever-expanding repertoire of culture-as-seen-by-Google-Street-View, The Guardian have created a series of images showing the precise locations where some of the most iconic album covers in history were captured. The legions of music fans can now visit these places from the comfort of their bedroom, which will hopefully cut down on crowds for the unfortunate residents.

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Smashing Pumpkins songs, improved with cats

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and tea shop owner Billy Corgan was recently the cover star of no-kill humane organization PAWS Chicago’s magazine, along with — yep, you guessed it — Siamese cats. Which then sparked off a friendly competition among fans of music website Stereogum to see who could come up with the best cat-themed Smashing […]

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She’s all heart! Dolly Parton promises to adopt abandoned dog at Glastonbury Festival 2014

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Dolly Parton, 68-year old American pop legend, has revealed that she’s an even greater women than we previously though. Having recently headlined Glastonbury Festival 2014 alongside the no-longer-so-hardore Metallica, Ms Parton has confirmed that she will gladly adopt a dog found among the tents following the departure of thousands of revellers.

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It turns out some smash hit tracks are kryptonite to the musicians that recorded them

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Music on Thursday 3 July 2014

England is reeling in the wake of Glastonbury Festival 2014, such a large congregation that it is temporarilly the third largest city in the south of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Glastonbury to see their favourite musicians roll out the big hits in front of heaving crowds, the same thing happening at other festivals around the world over Summer each year.

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Found! You can now stream Aphex Twin’s abandoned LP from 1994 for free

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Thursday 3 July 2014

What’s that they say about creative geniuses? When you’re as good as Richard D. James a.k.a. Aphex Twin, even an abandoned LP has stardust all over it. Two decades ago, the electronic musician recorded an entire EP under his Caustic Window moniker, planning to release it on his label, Rephlex Records. He ended up scrapping it. Other than four people (including James) who were known to have a vinyl test pressing of the album, the world never got to hear much from or about this LP.

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Iggy Pop heralds Justin Bieber as the future of rock ‘n’ roll

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Friday 27 June 2014

Amnesty International’s Belgian arm recently ran an attention-grabbing publicity campaign of battered and abused pop culture icons making statements contrary to what they stand for. So there was Iggy Pop quipping ‘The future of rock ‘n‘ roll is Justin Bieber’; the Dalai Lama going ‘A man who does not have a Rolex watch at 50 has failed in life’; and Karl Lagerfeld declaring Hawaiian shirts and flip-flips as the high-fashion epitome of elegance.

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Governors Ball 2014 rocks New York City [Photos]

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in New Music on Thursday 12 June 2014

Lost At E Minor headed to one of the headline popular festivals of New York City’s summer: Governors Ball, on Randall’s Island, just off Manhattan. With headliners including Outkast, Jack White, Skrillex, The Stokes, Vampire Weekend, and a long, long line-up of acts across the three full days of performances, it’s a huge event on a beautiful island, with an outlook across to the uptown Manhattan skyline.

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Contemporary art mixes with incredible sound in Mille Plateaux

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 10 June 2014

When you combine cover art from controversial painter Steven Johnson Leyba and the sounds of Georgio “The Dove Valentino”, you’re bound to have an album that’s a cut above the rest. Valentino operates in the space between several forms (song-and-dance, performance art, belles lettres and institutional critique) and several genres (torch song, soundtrack, Kraut-rock, country-and-western, surf, lo-fi and high-concept […]

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It’s official! Axl Rose tops the chart as the artist with the largest vocal range

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 30 May 2014

And here I was thinking Axl Rose couldn’t get any cooler. But it’s a fact, people. This guy tops the chart for the largest vocal range. Followed by Mariah Carey (obviously), Prince, Steven Tyler, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye. The information was compiled by Concert Hotels, a website that dedicates its time finding hotels near concert venues around the world.

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Who knew human hair could be used as violin strings?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Wednesday 14 May 2014

If you have long flowing, silky-smooth hair that would rival the likes of Rapunzel and Thor, you can now become part-man, part-violin. At the Street Musician’s Day in Lithuania, artist Tadas Maskimovas demonstrated that anyone – or anything, rather – can be used to make good music. Even hair! To make hair playable, they clumped […]

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The most famous music video of the past decade just had its music stripped away, and it’s still awesome!

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Music on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Everyone knows the routine by now – some of us better than others. But seeing Ok Go perform this viral video monster (20 million views and counting) without the music is way more entertaining than the original ever was. Don’t believe us? Feast your eyes on this action and prepare yourself for more grunts and groans than, really, you ever wanted to hear.

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Worldwide video premiere of Hollow Days, the new single from North Arm

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Monday 12 May 2014

North Arm is the project of Novocastrian, Rod Smith, a founding member of Aussie indie band Firekites who released the exceptional album, The Bowery, in 2008. Now performing under the North Arm name, Smith has stepped up the pop chops and revisited his childhood memories for his new single, Hollow Days, which Lost At E Minor is showing the video for exclusively for the first time above. [Read an exclusive interview with Rod Smith below]

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