It's coming out late, damn has it been a long day, but this week's episode of Encore is here. This week we discuss Thomas going on a cruise, some about the Super Bowl and the half-time show, and the internet's reaction to the half-time show, and some about the commercials. We then tackle the main topic this week: Discussing albums we don't like in the most productive way, how our feelings on an album may be swayed by someone else's passioned defense or take-down of an album, and how this may or may not be related to the new Say Anything album. We finish up with a few questions about long distance relationships, noise-canceling headphones, and Thomas being in early on The Front Bottoms....
Deadpool is having a huge opening weekend, beating early box office expectations, and breaking records for a R-rated film.
Early industry projections had Deadpool pegged at a $65 million to $70 million opening weekend. The idea of a R-Rated film breaking $100 million on opening weekend was inconceivable to many box office analysts. Now, projections have Deadpool possibly exceeding $115 million during the 3-day weekend and hitting around $130 million over the 4-day holiday weekend.
Travis Barker was recently interviewed on KX 93.5. Here are some of the highlights regarding Blink-182. Full interview can be heard here.
- 70-80% done with the album.
- Best work in a decade since Untitled.
- John Feldmann Producing.
- Matt has been a greater fit than he originally thought.
- They trashed the original 16 songs they wrote and started over.
- Hasn't been this excited about a Blink album in a long time. He's 120% in.
Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers played Hamden, CT tonight and some news has started coming out. Among the reports is that the new Against Me! record is being worked on right now (or that it may actually already be recorded, there were different submissions about this) and that Laura is releasing a book of over 20 years of tour journals later this year.
Romp have premiered a new song called "Avoiding Boys" over on Stereogum, which you can stream in the replies as well. The band's new album, Departure From Venus, drops on March 4th via Bad Timing Records, so go snag a copy.
Kanye West has finished and mastered his new album. It's now up to 17 songs and will apparently come out today. He's also posted the new track "30 Hour" on SoundCloud. The past few weeks have seen tweet storms about his ex, posting "Cosby innocent," and a defense of a song lyric about Taylor Swift he says she gave her blessing for, but her spokesperson and friends do not. The whole thing's a mess and there's been a lot of discussion in the community about how people are handling it in different ways. For me, I'll direct you to the aforementioned thread with a variety of my thoughts on the topic and the latest updates, but, personally, I'm not going to be posting news about this for a...
Multiple sources say the 50-year-old mogul is starring in and executive producing his own six-episode vehicle, dubbed Vital Signs, and the production is being bankrolled by Apple. The series likely will be distributed via Apple Music, the company's subscription streaming site, but it's not clear if Apple TV, the iTunes store or other Apple platforms (or even a traditional television distributor) will be involved. Apple and a rep for Dre declined to comment.
Every song on Badlands I wrote on a guitar, and there will definitely be more guitars on my next record. A guitar can be so human, so sorrowful, so angry, and I wanted to figure out how to achieve that vibe without having to actually use guitars, because Badlands is a very futuristic record — and making it that in an era of futuristic music is a really hard thing to do! There's something very old-fashioned about a guitar, to me. That's probably a shitty term to use. I mean more "nostalgic," and that's just because in my adolescence, I listened to guitar-type music. Music is cyclical — guitars are going to come back, and it's going to...
YouTube has purchased BandPage in an effort to attract more musicians to their platform.
YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash. So today it announced it’s acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets, merchandise, and exclusive fan experiences.
EXNATIONS hailing from Washington DC create a unique and intense sound. Their video for "More Than Four" goes out to a Childhood Cancer Charity. The video focuses on 16 year old Abby Snider who has been fighting T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for several years now. 100% of the proceeds from the song will go towards helping Abby’s family with her medical care and is available for purchase on iTunes. We are more than excited to premiere their music video for "More Than Four" in the replies, and help raise awareness for something so important.
You may know Alec Prorock as the former trumpet player of Polyenso. Perhaps you've heard his guest spots with bands like Frameworks and Tides Of Man. Or maybe you've never heard of him. Whatever the case, he's about to release the soundtrack to your Valentine's Day in the form of his debut solo effort, Cloud Chameleon. The album doesn't drop until Sunday, but you can stream it early in the replies. It's an experimental hodgepodge of pop, indie, electronic, jazz, hip-hop, ambient and progressive music.
The Treefort Music Festival, playing from March 23 - March 27th in Boise, Idaho, has announced its lineup. The list includes the likes of Built To Spill, Pinegrove, Youth Lagoon and The World Is. The full list is here.
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Cyrus Farivar, writing for Ars Technica, looks at the financial documents that show Soundcloud is maybe not doing so hot either. Streaming platforms are hard.
New financial records released by SoundCloud show that the company has nearly doubled its losses from 2013 to 2014—those two years combined account for a total of €62.1 million ($70.3 million) in losses. The Berlin-based audio social network has been the darling of independent producers and DJs worldwide who use it to share and comment on each other’s work. But like some startups, it has struggled to turn its massive user base into meaningful revenue. As a "freemium" service, most people use the site without paying.
Music publisher Warner/Chappell will no longer be allowed to collect licensing royalties on those who sing "Happy Birthday" in public and will pay back $14 million to those who have paid for licensing in the past, according to court settlement papers filed late Monday night.