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[Listen] Dillon Francis - 'Money Sucks, Friends Rule' (Full Album Stream)

NEW.

MUSIC.

TUESDAY. 

NEW. 

DILLON.

FRANICS (a week early!)! 

I am a very happy Kibbe today, let me tell you! I have been waiting for this album since the first time I heard "When We Were Young" a few months ago. MTV got the hookup on a full album stream a week before the album officially drops next week (October 29th) courtesy of Columbia Records/Mad Decent. I'm only two songs in at the moment and already I'm very upset that I am confined to my desk at work instead of blasting this in Kibbtopia and dancing around like a crazy person. 

Have a listen to Money Sucks, Friends Rule below. Be sure to pre-order the album on iTunes here if you haven't already because that is the right thing to do. I personally will probably pony up for the deluxe version, but I will be waiting on that until after the dust settles on the damage I do at CMJ this week (more on that later btw!). 

Be sure to catch Dillon Franics on his 'Friend Rule' tour next month starting in Nashville!

DILLON FRANCIS ‘FRIENDS RULE’ TOUR:
11/17     Nashville, TN                                   Marathon Music Works
11/19     Asheville, NC                                   Orange Peel
11/20     Charlotte, NC                                   The Fillmore
11/21     Washington, DC                               Echo Stage
11/22     Baltimore, MD                                  Ram’s Head Live
11/25     Wallingford, CT                                Dome at Oakdale
11/26     Philadelphia, PA                              Electric Factory
11/28     Boston, MA                                     House of Blues 
11/30     Montreal, QC                                   New City Gas
12/1       Toronto, ON                                    Danforth Music Hall
12/3       Royal Oak, MI                                 Royal Oak Music Hall
12/5       Chicago, IL                                     Aragon Ballroom
12/6       Minneapolis, MN                             Skyway Theatre
12/8       Milwaukee, WI                                Turner Hall Ballroom
12/9       Madison, WI                                   Orpheum Theatre
12/10     Kansas City, MO                             Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
12/12     Broomfield, CO                               1st Bank Center
12/13     Salt Lake City, UT                           In The Venue
12/15     Portland, OR                                   Roseland Theater
12/18     Oakland, CA                                   Fox Theater
12/21     Los Angeles, CA                             Shrine Auditorium
1/16       Brooklyn, NY                                  Barclays Center

[Watch] The Presets - "Promises" (Video)

The Presets dive into the '80s back catalogue in the video for "Promises", one of many great tracks from the duo's acclaimed third LP Pacifica. Directed by duo Special Problems, this clip strings together a colorful collage of eighties footage and bright psychedelic animations. When Tame Impala isn't around, consider this your hallucinogenic drug trip for the week.

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[Reviews Roundup] September 2012

With all the craziness of music blogging, from concerts to press releases to interviews to festivals, it can be hard to find time to sit down, listen to an album and give it an honest, thorough review. With that in mind, we came up with the Reviews Roundup, a way for us to look back at all of the major releases in the past month and give them an on-the-spot review. Whether we like them or not, we'll spout out a quick blurb about the album to give an overall impression of what makes it good or bad along with a score based out of five.

This month, we've had majors releases from Animal Collective, The xx, G.O.O.D. Music, Grizzly Bear, The Raveonettes, Mount Eerie, The Presets, The Vaccines, and many more. After the jump, you can read our quick thoughts on this month's offerings.

September 4th:

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz:

AnCo deliver an elaborate exploration of spacey sounds and psychedelic soundscapes.

SCORE: 4.0


Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar:

Phil Elverum's second album of the year is a beautiful-yet-eerie emotional journey, exploring the ideas of order and chaos.

SCORE: 4.5


Cat Power - Sun:

Chan Marshall returns after six longs years of dark hibernation with a sun-soaked gem.

SCORE: 4.5

 

The Vaccines - Come of Age:

The UK outfit's sophomore album is a grittier, more raucous outing than their debut, a welcome maturation for the band.

SCORE: 3.5

 

Stars - The North:

One of Canada's indie stalwarts offers up a catchy blend of electronic sounds and sprawling instrumentation.

SCORE: 3.5


Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon:

The band's sophomore outing retains the catchiness of Tourist History, but feels a bit forced at times.

SCORE: 2.5

 

September 11th:

The xx - Coexist:

This sophomore effort shows a great progression for the band, who have an incredible talent for evoking vast depth through subtle minimalism.

SCORE: 5.0

The Helio Sequence - Negotiations:

The Portland duo explore the intricacies of themselves and their instruments, building layer upon layer of delicate and engrossing instrumentation.

SCORE: 4.0

The Raveonettes - Observator:

Observator is an intriguing venture into the allure of Los Angeles, a mental journey in despair and loneliness amidst lush instrumentation.

SCORE: 3.5

 

David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant:

The ever-lasting talent and creative drive of David Byrne mixes beautifully with Annie Clark's undeniable charisma.

SCORE: 4.0

 

The Presets - Pacifica:

Pacifica is an electronic gem, weaving grandiose synthesizers around a complex tale of the future.

SCORE: 4.5

 

Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II:

The San Francisco psych rockers put all they've got into this diverse, hazy psychedelic package that shouldn't be missed.

SCORE: 3.5


The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter:

Yet another exploration into the intricacies of death from a band obsessed with the notion. With soft, solemn moments and charming, upbeat arrays of acoustic goodness, fans will feel right at home here.

SCORE: 3.0


September 18th:

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer:

The G.O.O.D. Music crew feels fairly disjointed here, with a lot of different artists and styles to take in, but a few solid performances help it from falling apart.

SCORE: 3.0

Grizzly Bear - Shields:

Grizzly Bear delves into a myriad of dream-like sounds, moments later being swept into an uproar of chaotic instrumentation. This expansive array constantly tears apart and rebuilds itself, struggling constantly in a beautiful war.

                                        SCORE: 5.0

 

 

September 25th:

Django Django - Django Django:

This Scotland quartet knows how to do harmony right, blending their vocal stylings with an addictive and quirky blend of spacey sounds and psychedelic influences.

SCORE: 4.0

[Watch] The Presets - "Ghosts" (Official Video)

Early last month, Australian electronic duo The Presets gave us their awesome electro sea shanty "Ghosts", an epic, synthesized chant that sounds like it would perfectly soundtrack a collab between Pirates of the Caribbean and Tron. The pair now have accompanying visuals for the shanty, a black-and-white affair splitting time between shots of the duo and the acrobatic talents of world-class divers. Nothing like a bit of lingering Olympics fever to kick off the weekend. Watch it above.

The Presets' third studio LP Pacifica is out on September 11th via Casabland Records.

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[News] CMJ Music Marathon Reveals Initial Lineup

From October 16-20th, New York City will once again play host to CMJ Music Marathon, a festival that sees over 1,300 artists from around the world performing at over 80 venues across the city. The festival organizers have unveiled the first batch of artists set to perform, including GZA, Kimbra, The Walkmen, Killer Mike, OFF!, The Presets, Pig Destroyer, Talib Kweli, DIIV, Twerps, Prince Rama, The Love Language, Young Magic, King Tuff, Com Truise, Bear Hands, Main Attrakionz, Dusted, Poolside, The Stepkids, Daughn Gibson, Beacon, The Jezabels, and more.

Expect more lineup announcements to arrive in the coming weeks, and make sure to check out the official CMJ website for more information on artists as well as various panels. Badges and tickets are also available via the CMJ website.

[Listen] The Presets - "Ghosts"

The Presets' latest sample from their forthcoming third LP Pacifica is a synth-doused sea chant called "Ghosts", with booming vocals serving as the crux of the song. For a sea shanty, it's pretty damn good. Stream it below alongside its screen saver-esque background.

Pacifica is out on September 11th via Casablanca Records, and if you've yet to hear the lead single "Youth In Trouble", head here.

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[Watch] The Presets - "Youth In Trouble"

Last week, Australian electro duo The Presets announced their third studio album Pacifica, along with a teaser video featuring the song "Youth In Trouble." Now, the pair have released the full 6-and-a-half-minute video for the track, pairing the audible mindfuck of synth builds and explosive drops with pixelated, colorful footage. The result truly takes its toll on the senses, in a good way, though.

Pacifica is out in September via Casablanca Records.

[News] The Presets Announce New Album: 'Pacifica'

Australian electro duo The Presets have announced that they will release their third studio album Pacifica, the follow-up to 2008's Apocalypso, this September through Casablanca Records. The album was recorded and produced by the band in Los Angeles, and will see the duo "boldly venture into new, uncharted musical territories." They have also created a teaser clip featuring a snippet of the song "Youth in Trouble," which will be included on the forthcoming LP, that you can watch at the band's website.

The Presets will be going on tour in support of the forthcoming release, which will kick off in Vancouver on October 15th following the duo's appearance at San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival. Peep the tour dates after the jump.

The Presets 2012 Tour Dates:
09/29 – Brisbane, AU @ Parklife
09/30 – Sydney, AU @ Parklife
10/01 – Perth, AU @ Parklife
10/06 – Melbourne, AU @ Parklife
10/07 – Adelaide, AU @ Parklife
10/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
10/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/19 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/20 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/21 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
10/28 – Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theatre