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Listen to Lorde’s explosive “Yellow Flicker Beat”


This morning Lorde dropped her new single to the Hunger Games soundtrack: “Yellow Flicker Beat.” It’s got Lorde written all over it, her honey-deep voice enunciating every syllable. It begins quietly and ends with an explosive dance beat that further cements her growing stardom.

More below:

Brace yourselves: Lorde is releasing a new single Monday, Sept. 29. Prepare for social-media implosion.

It’s only one song really, but hearing new music from the teen-alt dynamo for the first time since “Pure Heroin” is big news for Lorde fans.

According to a story at Consequence of Sound, Lorde wrote the song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” for “The Hunger Games-Mockingjay Part 1” movie soundtrack. “Hunger Games” is set for release Nov. 21.

Another juicy snippet, according to Consequence of Sound — Lorde is allegedly working on new music with Kanye West.

But it was also rumoured not that long ago (August) that West and Paul McCartney were collaborating, and how is that going? Only time will tell.

For now, look for “Yellow Flicker Beat” on Monday or just check your local Twitter location.

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Get psyched for Cassette Store Day!

Cassette-Store-Day 2014

You didn’t miss it… yet. The annual Cassette Store Day is tomorrow (Sept. 27), so there’s still time to plan your attack!

emilystrax was raised in the Golden Cassette Age of the 80s (think Songs From the Big Chair/Disintegration), so celebrating this event is only natural.

The U.S. ambassador this year is Burger Records, but the UK and Europe are also taking part. Burger Records has also been releasing new tracks off tomorrow’s releases (see below.)

There are instant standouts at CSD, enough that most music fans will likely think it’s worthwhile to check out:

Two from Julian Casablancas’ label, Cult Records: Karen O’s “Crush Songs” and Julian Casablancas’ band the Voidz, “Tyranny”

Gaslight Anthem: “The ’59 Sound”

White Lung: “Deep Fantasy”

Vivian Girls: “Share The Joy”

Foxygen: “… And Star Power”

Cymbals Eat Guitars: “LOSE”

Plus TWO singles from They Might Be Giants and TWO full-length releases: “They Might Be Giants”   and “Lincoln”

There’s also, as usual, some bizarre, creative band names — (Sleepybeef and Butterqueen come to mind), as well as stuff from bands with names like Phalec Baldwin, Nude Human and Wild Wild Wets (hopefully they’re not XXX).

Visit the Cassette Store Day website for the full list.

Burger Records has also been releasing new tracks ahead of the day’s festivities, so even if you can’t get out there, you can still get a little new music:

Natural Child – “White People” Live (from Live In Birmingham)

Townes Van Zandt – “Waiting Around To Die” (from Townes Van Zandt)

 The Golden Dawn – “Starvation” (from Power Plant)

The Adolescents – “Wrecking Crew” Demo (from The Complete Demos: 1980-1986)



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Woman’s Hour on the right wavelength; “Conversations” out Tuesday


“Conversations” by Woman’s Hour is out Tuesday on Secretly Canadian

The New York Times has an excellent page that streams new work from music artists, known and unknown. It’s a good source to check when you’re burned out on seeing the same artists moving up and/or out, or when the empty gossip gets to be too much.
Take a breather with Woman’s Hour. The Times is streaming the quartet’s debut, “Conversations,” which is out Tuesday on Secretly Canadian records.
The four are from London and based their name on a BBC Radio program geared toward female issues and culture.

Woman’s Hour’s emotional sound, sometimes called “swoon pop,” if that helps you place their style, has been compared with Wild Beasts. It’s the right blend of soothing and mysterious.
Lead singer Fiona Burgess often evokes the vocals of Sade, sweltering in the heat of passion and love. Burgess describes the band as “Four people silently moving in sync.”

Woman's Hour photo

They’ve already accomplished a lot: The band’s title track was honored with a remix by London producer Fort Romeau. Also, watch the video for “Conversations.” The monochromatic video couldn’t get any more minimalist and puts you right at ease. The video for “Her Ghost” is even better.

And judging by the band’s buzz so far, there’s no doubt the members of Woman’s Hour are sharing the same wavelength.

The band is also launching a mid-summer tour, which will move into fall:

Sat. July 19 – Hertfordshire, UK @ Farr Festival

Sun. July 20 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival

Fri. July 25 – Topcliffe, UK @ Deer Shed Festival

Sun July 27 – Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines Festival

Sun. Aug. 3 – Kendal, UK @ Kendal Calling

Fri. Aug. 8 – Skipton, UK @ Beacons Festival

Sat. Aug. 16 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival

Fri. Aug. 29 – Bingley, UK @ Bingley Music Live

Thu. Sept. 4 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival

Tue. Sept. 23 – London, UK @ Village Underground

Wed. Sept. 24 – Oxford, UK @ The Jericho Tavern

Thu. Sept. 25 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds

Fri. Sept. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall

Sat. Sept. 27 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

Wed. Oct. 1 – Washington, DC @ DC9

Thu. Oct. 2 – New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge

Fri. Oct. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

Sat. Oct. 4 – Oneonta, NY @ SUNY Oneonta @ Fine Arts Building Room

Mon. Oct. 6 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel

Tue. Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle

Thu. Oct. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Fri. Oct. 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

Tue. Oct. 14 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange

Wed. Oct. 15 – Nottingham, UK @ Stealth

Thu. Oct. 16 – Glasgow, UK @ Tuts

Fri. Oct. 17 – Liverpool, UK @ East Village Loft

Sat. Oct. 18 – Cardiff, UK @ Buffalo Bar

Tue. Oct. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotov Exil

Wed. Oct. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine

Fri. Oct. 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Sat. Oct. 25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique/Witloofbar

Tue. Oct. 28 – Oslo, NO @ Vanguard

Wed. Oct. 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Lilla Hotellbaren

Thu. Oct. 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar

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