LISTEN: Jamie XX shares remix of “On Hold”

By Liam Menzies (@blnkclyr)

The XX have been on a roll this year, dropping their third album I See You to critical acclaim as well as following it up with an extensive tour. Most of this positive feedback came from the greater role Jamie XX’s production was allowed to play, his trademark expertise in sampling shining through. Releasing a remix of the LP’s first single On Hold on Annie Mac’s show earlier today, Jamie showed he hasn’t lost his knack.

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Taylor Swift Is Exploiting Her Fans: Here’s How

BY LIAM MENZIES (@BLNKCLYR)

After a little while away from the spotlight, Taylor Swift‘s return was bound to make headlines – she could have released the most half arsed song imaginable (oh wait, she already did that) and it would still gather countless listens and publicity with her fans flocking to pre order her upcoming album.

With a new record comes a new style and while the reception hasn’t been great, the glossy sweet pop star we saw a few years ago has been replaced by a woman who has watched Mean Girls just a little too much, full to the brim with angst. However, as the saying goes “a leopard can never change its spots” and a recent announcement in relation to tickets has shed some light on this.

 Described as being a “really fun way” in order to guarantee your place in the ticket queue, “Taylor Swift Tix powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan” may not be anything new as artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Ed Sheeran have had similarly named programs to help tackle the issue of touts. However, the devil is in the details and upon reading into them, you realise how exploitative the programme is to those who want to see her perform. 

In order to ensure your opportunity to buy a ticket, fans of the squeaky clean pop star are encouraged to do the following things which all range in what kind of boosts they give you: 

Watch the latest music video, purchase the album (for the greatest boost), post photos and engage on social media. Check the Taylor Swift Tix portal for the newest boosts and activities you can do everyday. – [Source]

On first glance, nothing nefarious stands out to you; fans would most likely purchase the album anyway and Swift’s fanbase won’t exactly moan about doing what they already do on social media if it greatly improves their chance to see her. However, it’s not until you look deeper into the former that you’ll start to roll you eyes. Consequence of Sound brought this up when breaking the news, stating: 

To guarantee they’ll receive Reputation it on the day it’s released they’ll have to fork over an extra $48.03 to ensure timely shipping, which brings the cost of one CD purchase to $63.03. – CoS

“You don’t have to buy the CD” you may be asking yourself and that’s true; the aforementioned ways like social media spamming and repeatedly watching music videos will give you little boosts but it’s all very reminiscent of the free to play system that plagues many games nowadays. You do have an authentic way to reach your goal but when the option is waved in front of you that you can essentially cheat your way in front of the queue with money then any “fun” is immediately stripped away, leading the program to benefit Swift’s wealthy fans and leave her impoverished ones in the dust.

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The final nail in the coffin is that even if one of her poor fans did manage to muster up the money to afford both a CD and tickets, they’re faced with the harsh reality that this program is only to allow you into the line. The fact that up to 13 purchases can be made that further your progress means that the whole message Swift and Ticketmaster are giving is “you could do this but slip us a hundred under the table and we won’t tell anyone”.

Bare in mind though that Swift isn’t new to this obsession with capital gain: who could forget when she trademarked “this sick beat” and other phrases from her 1989 album, leading fan made merch on sites like Etsy to have to seek permission to use them. The most shameful thing about this program isn’t the profits that both Swift and Ticketmaster are aiming for, though it certainly plays a factor, rather the faux-moral high ground they’re trying to take by utlizing fans. Even putting aside how Swift has further stigmatised a mentally ill black man, and is planning on releasing an album on the tenth anniversary of his mother’s death, this undoubtedly is one of the pop star’s most reprehensible moves to date.

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Blinkclyro Hour Episode #3

In this week’s episode of the Blinkclyro Hour, I chat about Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now, Bandcamp’s donation to trans charities and critically mixed or panned albums that I enjoy.

Track Listing:
Big Black – L Dopa
The Smiths – Still Ill
Charli XCX – Blame It On You
Everything Everything – Desire
Yung Lean – Hurt
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

Podcast: The Blinkclyro Hour #2

Tyler The Creator Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/25/album-review-tyler-the-creator-flower-boy/

Clickbait Cop: Consequence Of Sound’s Tyler The Creator Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/20/click-bait-cop-consequence-of-sounds-tyler-the-creator-review/

Motorhead Top 10 Albums – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/21/ranked-the-10-best-motorhead-albums/

Foster The People Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/26/album-review-foster-the-people-sacred-hearts-club/

Dizzee Rascal Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/24/album-review-dizzee-rascal-raskit/

Declan McKenna Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/23/declan-mckenna-debut-review/

Mental Health Piece – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/20/the-stigma-surrounding-mens-mental-health/


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New Wolf Alice Track Dropping Tomorrow

By Liam Menzies (@blnkclyr

If you’ve been eagerly anticipating a new track from Wolf Alice then your prayers have been answered!

Having already teased fans with the rage-fuelled Yuk Foo, the indie rock outfit are set to appear on Beats 1 tomorrow (July 5th) at 5.30pm to show off a new track. Titled Don’t Delete The Kisses, the song is set to appear on the band’s anticipated sophomore record Visions Of A Life which drops September 29th.

In addition to some new songs, Wolf Alice have also announced a world tour, including a UK leg that begins in November. Dates for the gigs are below:

08 Bristol, O2 Academy
09 Manchester, O2 Apollo
11 Glasgow, Barrowlands
13 Newcastle, 02 Academy
15 Nottingham, Rock City
16 Birmingham, O2 Academy
17 Norwich, UEA
18 Leeds, O2 Academy
20 Brighton, Dome
21 Southampton, O2 Guildhall
24 London, Alexandra Palace
27 Belfast, Ulster Hall
28 Dublin, Olympia


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Capsize team up with Counterparts Frontman Brendan Murphy on new track ‘Tear Me Apart’

Southern Californian act Capsize have followed up their delightfully sick track XX (Sew My Eyes) with a new helping of post hardcore goodness in the form of Tear Me Apart. Assisted by vocalist Brendan Murphy of Counterparts fame, the tracks is for “anyone that has ever felt doubted or discouraged by their family or friends, while trying to pursue something that means everything to them,” says frontman Daniel Wand.

The song is yet another tease at Capsize’s sophomore follow up to their 2014 debut The Angst In My Veins which received mixed to positive reviews from critics though hasn’t hindered their enthusiastic fanbase. The band are currently on tour and a list of the dates can be found here where you can also purchase tickets.

A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me, Capsize’s upcoming album,  will be released July 22 via Equal Vision Records and you can preorder it right here.

Liam Menzies (@blinkclyro)

No Surprises Here: Radiohead Release New Track “Burn The Witch”

Just days after the band deleted their entire internet presence, Radiohead have released the first single off their ninth LP.

The song ‘Burn The Witch, accompanied by a stop motion music video, follows a day full of teasers that were posted on Instagram this afternoon. They showed very little in the way of new music but helped to explain the weird, cryptic messages people received in the mail over the weekend.

A video posted by Radiohead (@radiohead) on May 3, 2016 at 4:00am PDT

Fans have been eagerly anticipating a new Radiohead record since their last album King Of The Limbs dropped in 2011, meaning half a decade without the indisputable mastercraft of the band who are well renown for constantly adapting to the ever changing landscape of music.

Brian Message, of the band’s management company Courtyard Management, has said the new album will drop in June though this, in addition to other news, has resulted in fans expecting a Radiohead release far sooner than previously anticipated.

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Mac DeMarco and MGMT Cooking Up Something Good?

The rumour mill is spinning once again – this time concerning the possible collaboration of indie rock sweethearts MGMT and Mac DeMarco.

Thankfully there’s some substance to this story as pictures have surfaced of the duo and Salad Days star working together in the former’s home studio, weirdly enough the same place that MGMT have been working for the past few months.

This follows the announcement by the band that they were planning to release new music in 2016 so whether this hints at DeMarco having an appearance on that record or having a full blown LP with one another is yet to be seen.

DeMarco has been on a roll as of late, releasing Salad Days and Another One in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Recently he released fan favourite demo ROLLIN LIKE A DUMMY along with the kind words “Tu amor me inspira, tu ternura me conmueve y tus besos me enloquecen”, meaning “Your love inspires me, your tenderness moves me and your kisses drive me crazy.”

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Are You Satisfied? Slaves Second LP Almost Finished

After taking 2015 by storm with a “do something with your life” mantra on their debut LP, Kent duo Slaves are set to release a follow up very soon.

Apologising about the last-minute cancellation of their Hairy Dog gig, which was set to take place tomorrow (April 28th), the band said on Facebook:

we are incredibly sorry but we are having to postpone until the 12th May. We have nearly got album 2 done but need an extra week to finish it. Thanks for your patience. Promise to play some new songs and some really old ones too! Xxx

The new date will precede a whole batch of appearances Slaves have planned for this summer, including appearances at Download, T in the Park, Novarock and Reading + Leeds.

So what do you make of this news? Personally I can’t complain as Are You Satisfied was one of the best albums I heard last year so the more, the merrier! Let me know what you think in the comments down below and follow this blog for more news and reviews.

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Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim Just Made The Best Kanye Music Video Yet

Comedians and Kanye West seem to go hand in hand. First Zach Galifianakis, that bearded fella from The Hangover, created an alternative video for Can’t Tell Me Nothing off his third LP Graduation before James Franco and Seth Rogen’s popular spoof of Bound 2 came around.

Now we’ve got Park and Rec funnyman Aziz Ansari teaming up with his Master of None co-star Eric Wareheim to create what could possibly be the funniest music video of the year so far, full to the brim with car humping, bike riding and, most importantly, eating italian food.

Kanye is yet to release a music video for a track off his latest album The Life Of Pablo though the rapper made an appearance at The Isle of Skye in Scotland last night where shooting for Waves is taking place. Police in Scotland seized the opportunity by posting a pun full tweet, saying:

So what do you make of this news? Let me know what you think in the comments down below and follow this blog for more news and reviews.

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