Afropunk Fest expands 2014 line-up: Bad Brains, Sharon Jones, and DJ Rashad tribute featuring RP Boo

Afropunk Fest expands 2014 line-up: Bad Brains, Sharon Jones, and DJ Rashad tribute featuring RP Boo

The 2014 Afropunk Festival, which takes place August 23-24 at Commodore Park in Brooklyn, already sounded amazing. D’Angelo headlining a four-stage festival featuring the likes of Shabazz Palaces and clipping.? For free? Shut the hell up!

Lo and behold, it looks like the great just got greater. Afropunk has added a bevy of bomb talent to their 2014 line-up, including Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bad Brains (featuring special guest vocalists), King Britt, and Cro-Mags. Possibly the biggest draw for a fair amount of TMT-ers, however, is a DJ Rashad tribute show featuring members of the Teklife crew and the inimitable footwork pioneer RP Boo.

There are a host of others on the agenda for this year; head over to the Afropunk site to scope out the whole list.

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Ex Cops team up with Billy Corgan and Ariel Pink for new album

Picture a 90s alt-pop revival. Then ask yourself why?

Picture two unfathomably good-looking people, a boy and a girl, like a trimmed-down ABBA, and tell yourself they are called Ex Cops. Don’t ask yourself why this time, but let me assure you that neither person was ever part of a police force, as far as I can tell.

Picture Ex Cops wondering what to do after their first album. Now picture them turning to indie oracle Billy Corgan for advice. Imagine that he tells them to go and write unabashed pop songs that he would have done himself back in the 90s if he had the cheekbones that Ex Cops do.

Picture Justin Raisen (producer for Sky Ferreira and Charli XCX) sitting in a studio and hitting record while Ex Cops play. Imagine the neon shimmers and walls of guitars. Sometimes Ariel Pink will wander into the studio; do not be alarmed, he’s a part of this now too.

Now hit play on the widget below and close your eyes. You will hear “Black Soap,” the lead single from Ex Cops’ forthcoming album Daggers. Picture your inhibitions floating away like a balloon in a clear blue sky.

Finally, picture yourself in the not-too-distant future. It is October 28, 2014 and Downtown Records has just released Daggers by Ex Cops. How do you feel about this not-too-distant future?

Are you now ready for a 90s alt-pop revival? If not, return to the top of this page and repeat the steps.

Daggers tracklist:

01. Black Soap
02. White Noise
03. Teenagers
04. Daggers
05. Pretty Shitty
06. Burnt Out Love
07. Modern World
08. Wanna Be (feat. L.P.)
09. Tragically Alright (feat. Ariel Pink)
10. Rooms
11. Weird with You

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Ben Frost proves me wrong, adds new dates to North American tour

A while back, I accused Mr. Ben Frost, sound art extraordinaire behind this year’s A U R O R A, of purposefully shunning major American cities on his upcoming fall tour. Check this out: I fucked up, and Ben Frost loves America! Yeehaw!

Frost has added dates in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Lexington, St. Paul, Toronto, and Chicago. His performance in Brooklyn kicks off the Tinnitus Music Series, a program orchestrated by Pitchfork’s “Show No Mercy” column and Blackened Music that focuses on “composers of extreme sound.” Like, music for the X-Games, I think.

Can I still be a little sore about you ignoring the Pacific Northwest, Ben? Am I being too desperate?? Love me!!

** Just noticed that there is a caveat of “further tour dates” promised. Fingers crossed. Wash out your ears with “Nolan” from A U R O R A:

Newly announced Ben Frost dates:

10.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - The Wick
10.20.14 - Lexington, KY - The Downtown Arts Center Black Box Theater
10.21.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
10.24.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.30.14 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam
10.31.14 - Chicago, IL - Constellation

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Rob Zombie announces crowdfunding campaign for his next horror film, having spent all his own money on a bunch of miniature Fabergé Dragulas

Ladies and gentlemen, this is it: the moment you’ve been training for your entire post-Astrocreep-life. The call just came in. After all the help and hope and encouragement and confidence that he’s selflessly given to your freaky ass over the years with his inspirational and life-affirming brand of stylized gore-core, Rob Zombie needs YOUR help!

Yes, it’s true. In a conversation with Rolling Stone, good ol’ Rob has just unveiled a crowdfunding campaign for his newest horror film, entitled 31.

“The director is offering up a variety of high-quality rewards to people who want to support the movie, including autographed posters, a chance for Zombie to follow a winner on Twitter, a winner’s name in the credits, a lifetime laminate to see Zombie on tour at any show and a gig as an extra in 31,” Rolling Stone deftly writes. “Zombie will also offer selected props from his movies, including Halloween masks and giant crosses from House of 1000 Corpses

But I know how it goes; since most of you people out there reading this are like most people, you’ll likely want to hear more rhetoric about how cool and important and special fan-funding is before you shell out your dough. Well, you’re in luck! Here’s some impassioned words from Zombie himself that you can stroke your beard and nod along to:

I’m crowd funding because I realize that it’s an incredible opportunity to engage the fans. They’ve always been the most important thing for me because, with metal and horror, the fans aren’t just fans – it’s their life, their lifestyle. They live and breathe it, as I do, and any way that you can bring the people that are as passionate about it as you are into the process is a win-win for everybody.

Right?!? I mean, what else do you need to know?

Wait, what’s that you say?? “What’s the movie about?”!?! HOW DARE YOU.

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The Rentals announce US tour dates in September, share “1000 Seasons” from new record

Ahead of their upcoming album Alphaville, ye olde 90s favorites The Rentals have announced a few US tour dates and given us a sneaky-peeky of what to expect, by way of sharing their new single “1000 Seasons,” which you can listen to in that little embedded orange-hued player below. Strap on your thick, black-framed glasses and get ready to “oooh-hooo-hoo-hooo” with The Rentals like it’s 1995, as you discover them on the radio on the way to the mall to pick up that Offspring record.

The Rentals tour dates:

09.05.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
09.07.14 - Pomona, CA - Glass House ^
09.08.14 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s #
09.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.26.14 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
09.27.14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza

^ We Are Scientists & Ozma
# Ozma

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Japanese experimental psych group Ghost disband after 30 years

Sorry, dude who started this petition requesting that the Swedish metal band Ghost split up: a band named Ghost is disbanding, but it’s not the one you’re targeting. It’s the Japanese experimental psychedelic band Ghost, breaking up after 30 years and eight albums.

Ghost’s leader, Masaki Batoh, announced the group’s split on their Facebook page. The Drag City band has played together since 1984.

Batoh’s somewhat cryptic message also mentions a solo follow-up to 2012’s Brain Pulse Music, due out on Drag City in 2015, and hints at the emergence of a new band, The Silence, sometime “after spring.” Read the full statement below:

Ghost is dissolved. Since 1984 to 2014
Look forward Masaki Batoh’s solo work out in January 2015 from Drag City.
And also new band “The Silence” that should be out after spring.
Share this announcement everybody.

Masaki Batoh 9 Aug 2014 Tokyo

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