Last week, we got a chance to speak with the ever-amusing and ultra-talented Matt Nathanson. In our interview, Nathanson described the disjointed but ultimately satisfying nature of his brand new album, Show Me Your Fangs. We also discussed the unpredictable audience-request format of Nathanson's current tour, how some of the best records have "great topography" instead of being thematically or musically cohesive, and how elements of hip-hop and R&B have slowly crept into Nathanson's singer/songwriter-oriented music. Read the interview here.
So, I went home for half an afternoon and then I was in the studio every single day until we finished the record. And at one point, I had the impulse to change it from my studio to my apartment, because it was kind of like Ö thatís where I had felt the bleakest and worst ever. I was like, you know, Iíd like to take that same space and turn it into where I made the best thing Iíve ever done.
Amidst an ongoing royalties dispute, Spotify has removed thousands of songs from bands signed to Victory Records.
Based on an audit by a small technology company called Audiam Inc., Another Victory says that Spotify hasnít paid publishing royalties for the compositions underlying thousands of recordings that Spotify users have listened to millions of times over the past several years.
Sam Means (ex-The Format) has released a new song called "We're Alone." It comes from his upcoming album 10 Songs, which releases January 16th, 2016. No word yet on how many songs will be on the album.
This song may not necessarily be the obvious first choice to kick off the new album, but Iíve never been a fan of playing it safe, I suppose. Disregarding all potentially less interesting back story within the lyrics; the core of it is really just about that overwhelming sense of insignificance that consumes you the first time youíre struck with a basic understanding of how truly infinite the universe is. Doubled, when you find out how little we know about it.
Wolf Alice just wrapped up their UK and North American tour with Drenge and Made Violent (one of the best tours of the year) and you can hit the replies to watch a celebratory, thank you video from the band of them all playing "Moaning Lisa Smile" on the last date in San Francisco.
Evan Baken, of The Movielife, has started a new website called EftMega.com. Check the replies for the full press release.
With the goal of becoming the go-to destination for all things independent, including metal, punk, emo, hardcore and more, EftMega provide a new platform for artists to sell music, retain rights, and control exposure and offers consumers a discovery system that properly connects fans to music and creates a meaningful engagement with the artist .
Over the weekend it was decided to move forward as a band without the participation of Jay Maas due to personal & creative differences. All scheduled Defeater shows and tours will go on as planned and we wish Jay luck in his future endeavors. Thank you
You can now stream Julien Baker's haunting debut album, Sprained Ankle, in the replies via Stereogum. You can still leave any questions you might have for her in the replies and I'll try to incorporate them into our interview this week.
William Bedell, writing for Motherboard, about building a botnet to rack up thousands of fraudulent plays on Spotify:
If they want to save the profitability of streaming, both independent artists and advertisers should call on music streaming services to combat streaming fraud however possible. Spotify and other services could accomplish this by taking listener authenticity seriously, and perhaps by splitting revenues more fairly.
Big Joanie have only existed for just under two years but in that time we played to packed shows across London and earned a name for ourselves as a black feminist punk band. We would like to make more of an impact outside London across the UK and hopefully in the future in Europe and America. Hopefully through funding this 7" we will be able to tour more widely and become more accessible to young black punks who haven't be able to find out about us yet.