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Flavorwire Premiere: Slim Twig’s Lost, ‘Lolita’-Inspired Album, ‘A Hound at the Hem’

Next week, DFA Records will re-release Slim Twig’s A Hound at the Hem — although “re-release” is a bit of a misnomer, to be perfectly honest. The album was never widely released to begin with, for reasons made clear in DFA’s accompanying literature: “Upon completing AHATH in 2010, Twig struggled to find wide release for [the album] due to its uncompromising textural onslaught and disregard for genre. This course of events set the stage for the composition and release of Sof’ Sike, a somewhat more conventional set of pop songs released on Paper Bag Records, in 2012. The title of that work refers to Twig’s own conception of Hound as the hard-psych flipside to his work of that period.” Twig, the moniker for Toronto native Max Turnbull, recorded the album in 2010 and self-released it in a very limited run on vinyl in 2012. And so Turnbull went on with his prolific creative life, which includes acting and scoring films (his latest was 2013’s We Come as Friends, the festival-favorite doc about Sudan’s internal conflict). … Read More

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Panda Bear Releases EP, Video for Single ‘Mr Noah,’ and Announces Album ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’

It’s a good morning for all of us Animal Collective fanboys. Panda Bear, he of the masterpieces Person Pitch and Tomboy, has… Read More

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Sia Releases “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” from ‘Annie’ Soundtrack

Sia might not be your first guess for an appearance on a revamped Annie sountrack, but — there it is.… Read More

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The Death of DIY Williamsburg Is Not Your Fault

The Internet: the place where there’s never an opinion too stupid to publish. You could drive yourself insane worrying about every dumb thing that gets said online, but still, occasionally something so arse-clenchingly asinine comes along that it’s nigh on impossible to keep quiet about it. So, here goes: Brooklyn music venue Glasslands announced this week that it’s closing at the end of the year. This, along with the imminent demise of Death by Audio and the fact that 285 Kent is already long gone, means that from 2015 onwards, there will officially be absolutely no reason to go to Williamsburg again. This is sad, certainly — it marks the end of an era, although honestly, the writing has been on the wall for this particular era for at least a decade. … Read More

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Here’s a Letter From Kate Bush on the “Extraordinary Experience” of Her First Concert Series in Decades

Kate Bush — everyone’s favorite literary pop-star recluse who managed to pull off a Winter album without sounding… Read More

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How to Taylor Swiftify Your Personal Brand in 12 Steps

Next week, Taylor Swift will release 1989, her fifth album and her “first documented pop album.” Swift announced the album back in August, but she’s been setting up her grown-ass reintroduction to the public for some time now. To the outside eye, Swift has made some major changes in her life: a move to New York, new famous pals, love life on hiatus, and above all, no more country twang. She’s done it in a brilliant way, with distinct strategies that could be useful to a number of different creators. Let’s go through the 12 steps of Swiftian reinvention as it relates to one’s personal brand. … Read More

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