Brandon Flowers is setting his sights a little higher than Pete Wentz this time ... taking aim at Kanye West in an interview with Rolling Stone. It's not nearly as dramatic as the headlines have made it out to be.
Yeah, that oneís tough. Everyoneís afraid to say anything contrary to him being a genius. Itís crazy, man! And itís frustrating. Iím not going to tear him down, but I will say I find that to be frustrating. [Laughs] Thatís my stance on it. A lot of people might agree with me now. I may have been a little bit ahead of my time. But I think he wants to be good. I think he wants to be great, and thatís something that we all want to strive for. Weíve just got different roads of...
Grooveshark has been shut down. I didn't even know it was still around ... but, well, not anymore.
The music sharing service has been dealt what could easily amount to a death blow by a US District Court judge, which found that Grooveshark's own employees personally (and willfully) violated and profited from copyright infringement. It's been a long saga; Grooveshark has faced lawsuit after lawsuit in recent years. It's managed to overcome some by striking deals with publishers, but vengeful music labels haven't given up on sinking the company.
Pure Noise Records has announced they've signed No Good News. It should be noted that that's the band with this guy (note: link contains details of sexual assault) in it. The label have already told one fan to never buy another record from the label for calling attention to this.
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"Oh, that's not obvious enough Rob. How about the Beatles? Or fucking ... fucking Beethoven? Side one, track one of the 'Fifth Symphony!' How can someone with no interest in music own a record store?"
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast tackles one of my favorite scenes from the record-store-nerd classic High Fidelity: the best track ones. Thomas and I both pick our three favorites and discuss why they stand out above all the rest. We also discuss the importance of the first track on an album and if that importance is lessened in a world where most people are consuming music a la carte. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, as well as your favorite album openers,...
Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio will release Party Adjacent on July 17, 2015.
ďThe Emergency Room started as something for me to do with songs I had been writing that didnít seem to have a place on Alkaline Trio records,Ē explains Andriano. Started when he found himself living in Florida, he released his debut full-length Hurricane Season on Asian Man in 2011 and toured troubadour-style around the release with just an acoustic guitar on the US and European legs of the Revival Tour. Party Adjacent marks the beginning of a new chapter to the Emergency Room story. Produced by Jeff Rosenstock, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry, Andriano is joined by a backing band of Jeff, Kevin Higuchi...
The bassist of Lionfight went on a racist rant and was kicked out of the band. The band has released a statement:
Today an ex band member of lionfight decided on his own to say some really shocking and racist remarks on his personal page. Not only did he offend many, including the other band members, he set back the social clock greatly by his ignorant remarks. We say ex because we cannot have that mindset and mouthpiece be a representative of us personally or what weíve worked so damn hard for. Bryan will no longer be playing music with us. We love him like a brother and we will always be there to pick him up when he falls but we cannot move forward with him being a part of this. He...
The alderman of Humboldt Park, Chicago has stated he does not want Riot Fest to return this year:
I am exceptionally disappointed at the Riot Fest organizers for the mess they left at the park last year and their shallow and hollow promises to restore the park," Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) said. "I don't support them coming back."
Lil Ugly Mane has released the third and final installment of his Three Sided Tape series, which you can stream here. The release is called Third Side of Tape, and the rapper has said that the first two volumes will be coming out in a physical format soon.
You may be familiar with Matthew Mayfield's smooth southern-rock sound, but it's always had an acoustic backbone. Recently, Mayfield has cast aside his acoustic guitar and resurrected his full-fledged rock project, The Blue Cut Robbery. The result is an expertly produced, hard hitting EP they call Coquette, which hosts some of the best sounding guitar licks I've heard in years. Today, we're proud to bring you the video premiere for the exceptional second track on that EP, "Nashville, TN." If you're into Pearl Jam or The Gaslight Anthem, you'll feel right at home. Check out the video in all its face-melting glory in the replies and be sure to pick up the EP here!
Rich Homie Quan, the rap game James Bond, dropped a new mixtape the other day titled If You Ever Think I Will Stop Going In, Ask Double RR that you can download here. The tape follows previous mixtapes Still Goin In (Reloaded) and I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In.
Tame Impala have shared another new track from their new album Currents called "Disciples" that you can stream in the replies. Currents will be released on Interscope, but does not yet have a release date.
Titus Andronicus are back with a new track called "Dimed Out" that you can stream on Rdio and Spotify. Looks like the band will be releasing its fourth LP The Most Lamentable Tragedy on July 28th via Merge and will be following through on its plans to release a 30-track concept record.
Underoath's Tim McTague recently talked to AltPress about their upcoming documentary, Tired Violence, the idea of a reunion, and the end of the band. You can also watch an interview with Spencer Chamberlain from the film in the replies. It releases on Friday May 1st.
When you only have two weeks, you canít take three days off just to drive and play a badass L.A. show. So, we took two days off total [during the tour], and played shows every other night. We didnít break up because we hated each other or because we hated playing music. We broke up because we literally didnít have the capacity and the schedule to do stuff.
The Chemical Brothers have announced that they will release their new album, Born In The Echoes, on July 17th via Astralwerks. You can stream a new song called "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted" in the replies.
01) Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
02) Go (featuring Q-Tip)
03) Under Neon Lights (featuring St. Vincent)
04) EML Ritual (featuring Ali Love)
05) I'll See You There
06) Just Bang
08) Taste Of Honey
09) Born In The Echoes (featuring Cate Le Bon)
11) Wide Open (featuring Beck)
Alabama Shakes have landed the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with their new album, Sound & Color, selling a whopping 96K units. The band also released their new video for the title track which you can find in the replies.