Jay Z’s streaming music service, Tidal, has been subject to lots of criticism here and around the music industry. And while we can’t imagine anyone subscribing to the service just for exclusives that always end up leaking, somebody out there is using it. Business Insider reports that Jay Z has been calling these people to […]
The Duluth Trading Company has been court-ordered to publicly apologize to Don Henley after advertising a t-shirt using the name of the Eagles founder without his permission. As far as shirts go, it’s about as inoffensive as can be, but it’s still illegal to co-opt a celebrity’s name without their permission, and Henley is notoriously […]
Last weekend at Coachella, Jenny Lewis pretty much slayed, bringing HAIM and her old Rilo Kiley bandmate Blake Sennett to the stage and ending her set with a version of Rilo Kiley’s “A Better Son/Daughter” that I can’t stop thinking about. And last night, she used some of that long stretch between Coachella weekends to […]
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said...
If you read this blog on a regular basis (does anyone actually still do that?) you’ll know that there has been a huge explosion of awesome, DIY guitar music coming out of Glasgow recently, and this free entry mini-festival is designed to showcase as much of it as possible. EVERY WEDNESDAY IN MAY, 7:30pm FREE […]
Mawangu Mingiedi, founder of the Congolese group Konono Nº1, has died. The Konono Nº1 Facebook page made the announcement yesterday. Mingiedi died on Wednesday night in Kinshasa, and no cause of death has been reported. He was 85. Mingiedi founded Konono Nº1 sometime in the ’60s, when he was working as a truck driver. He […]
Last night, the new animated series Major Lazer debuted on FX. It’s not online yet, but the timing was good, with the new Major Lazer album Peace Is The Mission looming. We’ve already heard the MØ/DJ Snake collaboration “Lean On,” and that thing got a huge reaction when MØ sang it at Coachella this past […]
The Guardian listed the essential Saul Bellow novels. SPIN interviewed Doug Martsch about the new Built to Spill album Untethered Moon. The moment Saul Bellow found his literary voice. Vashti Bunyan and Josh Dibb (Deakin) of Animal Collective discussed recording...
CHUMP / shut eye from chump on Vimeo. HEY EVERYONE, GUESS WHAT I’M ABOUT TO WRITE ABOUT? Yep, that’s right, more lo-fi, DIY guitar music from Glasgow. Seriously, I know it’s becoming quite funny by now, but there is so much good music coming out of that city at the moment that I have been […]
A big thank you to everyone that came down to see White Fever, Brazil, Phy and Dooks last night Walrus Live #1 – Photos was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Alice Boman: Folkadelphia Session EP [mp3] Amy Annelle: Surgery album [mp3] The Boasting Weak: I Do What I Don't Want To Do album...
From the minute I heard Royal Blue, I couldn’t help be reminded of Lydia Loveless. Both seem to encapsulate the conflict a woman has been brashness and vulnerability. While Hiatt is also steeped in the world of twang, it seemed to veer from that outlaw, bad girl sound that Loveless perfected on Somewhere Else. A [...]
The news this week that digital downloads surpassed CD sales for the first time serves as a reminder to all that digital is the way of the future. Yet, a big challenge to digital is, increasingly, vinyl. In fact, Nielsen SoundScan reported that more than 9.2 million vinyl albums were sold in 2014 (up 52% [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe
In a really great new Drake profile on Four Pins that chronicles the lead-up and aftermath of Drake’s Coachella performance, the rapper drops some new info on Views From The 6, which seems like it’s progressing pretty slowly. Apparently, he only has two tracks done that he really likes — one is a Beyoncé collab […]
(Art: Les Monstres du Placard by Philippe Caza || yr 1970) The spring is here… the flowers are blooming… and the sunshine after a long harsh winter is feeling better than ever. Below are my favorite tracks of the beginning of a beautiful and refreshingly new season. Enjoy! ~~ Mura Masa :: Lovesick Fuck Young mastermind […]
Earlier tonight, Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe co-hosted Jon Hopkins’ BBC Radio 1 Residency, and he debuted an unreleased Wild Beasts song called “Woebegone Wanderers II.” The track, which was recorded around the time of last year’s Present Tense, serves as a continuation of the Limbo, Panto track of the same name. You can listen to […]
Tom Rosenthal - "Don't You Know How Busy and Important I Am". Rosenthal writes a song for all those dumb bozos with "important" jobs, lacing his monologue with irony. "Don't you know how busy and important I am? /...
Earlier today Jay Z shared the video for the Blue Ivy-inspired 2012 track “Glory” on his new streaming platform Tidal, and now a version for the non-subscribers among us has surfaced. The clip shows Jay Z rehearsing for his Carnegie Hall performance back in 2012 — Alicia Keys and Nas make cameos. Once again, this […]
The Bay Area’s Never Young released an unsettling video for the first single off of their recent self-titled EP. “Like A Version” is the kind of post-hardcore song that truly sounds like a successful hybridization of the genre’s original form, appropriated and re-worked into something contemporary. Its video was directed by Armando Armas, and it’s […]
Italo-disco god Giorgio Moroder is coming back later this year with Déjà Vu, his first new album in forever. It’ll feature things like the Kylie Minogue-collab single “Right Here, Right Now” and Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner.” The album’s title track hit the internet today, and it’s got Sia tapping into some inner […]