There was something more than slightly desperate in Gail Shea referring to my recent comments on the annual Canadian seal slaughter as "ignorant", as reported in Canada's National Post. Speaking on behalf of Gail Shea, Sophie Doucet - showing symptoms of the same Shea disorder - stated: "I would urge Mr. Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working men and women in rural communities". I should remind Sophie Doucet that building and maintaining the Concentration Camps of Auschwitz also provided livelihoods, but...
Giacchetto says his greatest deal was the 1994 Sub Pop sale to Warner. "I can now reveal that Universal was the top bidder, $25 million," says Giacchetto, "but it wasn't the right creative fit. Sony Music bid $5 million. David Geffen bid $8 million -- I told him his bid was way too f-ing low - and Microsoft bid a paltry $4 million, frankly insulting. Bill Gates, who at the time considered himself to be 'the future of entertainment,' couldn't have been a more dull character. It definitely would have made Microsoft a bit more hip, which in hindsight might have actually made...
Save Your Generation Records will be releasing a split 7" with songs from Hung Up, The Swellers, Lobby Boxer, and 1876. We are streaming the whole thing today, along with bonus tracks. Hit the replies to check out it out. The pressing is limited to 300 7" red/clear blend vinyl and releases May 20th.
You can stream the first new song from Say Anything's new LP, Hebrews, in the replies (via Billboard). The song is called "Six Six Six," it features Andy Hull, and there's a pretty cool article/interview with Max Bemis at that link. New details about Hebrews, which drops June 10 via Equal Vision (tour dates here), include the tracklisting (in the replies), which has 16 guest vocalists like Tom Delonge, Chris Conley, Keith Buckley and more, and the fact that there are no guitars on the record.
"This has easily been the most gratifying and fun making a record has ever been," Bemis tells Billboard. "The sort of theatrical bent of the music is something that's always been a part of Say...
The Roots' drummer Questlove has posted the first in a weekly series of essays over at Vulture exploring the history and current landscape of hip-hop and what it means for black culture. It's an interesting read and well worth your time.
Mineral has announced seven reunion shows to celebrate their 20th anniversary; these are their first shows in 17 years. Emo mayor Into It. Over It. is opening all dates, and tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, April 25, at 11am. Check the replies.
After a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings, Slayer have formed their own label imprint through Nuclear Blast Records. You can grab a free download of a new track, "Implode" (produced by Terry Date and Greg Fidelman), on the band's website. They'll hit the studio later this year to begin recording their new album for a tentative 2015 release.
What was already one of my most anticipated hip-hop albums just became even greater. In a new interview with NPR, Nas revealed that he's working with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and No I.D. for his follow up to 2012's fantastic release, Life Is Good.
Our very first weekender I was locked outside of the van half naked in the middle of nowhere at 3am. It was hilarious for everyone inside the van I'm sure, but for me it was one of those "Mom get me a grey hound ticket. I'm coming home!" moments.
The guys from Copeland will be chatting in this thread at 8pm EST. It's been over five years since the band released new music, so make it worth their while. Ask them about their new album, Ixora, what they've been up to over the past couple years with their side projects, the band's future and more. And when the chat's over, be sure to head over to their webstore and pre-order the new album.
Update: The chat is now over with. We'd like to thank Aaron and Bryan for taking four hours to answer all of our questions. If that doesn't say enough about the guys, I don't know what will. Again, if you haven't already, go pre-orderIxora and help the guys create the next beautiful...
Deadmau5 seemed to take issue with Arcade Fire throwing a few jabs EDM's way the past few weeks. During their Coachella set, Win Butler shouted out "to all the bands playing instruments this weekend" -- and the replies via Twitter from Deadmau5 range from, "arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?" to "inb4 some fucking hipster throws a hackeysack at me." This is way cooler than when I get called out by disgraced band members on my Facebook page.
Sloss Minor, formerly known as Death In The Park and featuring Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit, have released their debut music video for the song "Duffle Bag" -- it's in the replies. It comes from their newly released album, G Major Neutral Zero, available now on iTunes.
We're excited to be teaming up with Chiodos today to premiere their new video for "Ole Fishlips is Dead Now." The track comes from the band's brand new album, Devil, and if you head to the replies you can check it out right now. Also if you head over to Purevolume you can see two Q&As with the band.
Update: Also the album is now on sale from Amazon for only $5.99.
For anyone who's curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update - been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia, and I've mostly been doing that, but I'm working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it's down the line. Hope all is well out there.
No Sleep Records has signed Aviator. The band will release their debut full-length album later this year. A new song teaser is below.
“Of all the experiences we’ve had in the last 5 years, joining the No Sleep team is an all-time high,” says guitarist Mat Morin. “We couldn’t have asked for a more supportive and more passionate group of guys to release this record.”
Junior Battles new album Rally will hit stores on May 27th. Redbull is premiering the song with some more info from the band and/or you can hear it in the replies.
"In the past, a lot of Junior Battles songs dealt really deliberately with the uncertainty of your early 20s -- trying to figure out how to be a decent adult who still can tour and pay rent and still go to shows on weeknights," says singer/guitarist Sam Sutherland. "When we started writing 'Rally,' things had changed. We had stopped touring as much, and the anxiety of 'Idle Ages' was fading. In its place, we found ourselves writing more broadly about our place in the world and the kind of people we felt ourselves becoming....
La Bella Charade recently recorded an acoustic split EP with Scouts Honour that releases next month. Today, we are giving you the first taste of their side of the split with "Homecoming." Hit the replies to check it out. If you like what you hear, keep a look out for the split next month.