Daily Archives: April 19, 2017

Speedy Ortiz, Deerhoof Feature on Planned Parenthood Covers LP

The first of a series of covers compilation albums benefitting Planned Parenthood will be released next month. Cover Your Ass Vol. 1 features covers recorded by Speedy Ortiz, Deerhoof, Hinds, Porches, Cass McCombs Band, TEEN, Palehound, the Lemon Twigs, Cut Worms, Daddy Issues, (Sandy) Alex G, the Quilz and Luke Temple.

A variety of artists are being covered in the first compilation. David Bowie, Kelly Clarkson, Public Enemy, TV on the Radio, Dido, Don Henley, DEVO, and Big Star are among the artists that the compilation participants cover.

The music supervision and clearance company releasing the album, Lionfish Music, has pledged 100 percent of profits from Cover Your Ass Vol. 1 to Planned Parenthood. The first volume serves as “a tribute to the dedication shown by countless doctors and nurses who make real measurable differences in millions of people’s lives,” according to a statement.

Cover Your Ass Vol. 1 will be released on May 26th via Lionfish Music and is available for pre-order via iTunes.

Cover Your Ass Vol. 1 Track List

1. Deerhoof “Fight thePower” (Public Enemy cover)
2. Hinds “When it Comes to You” (Dead Ghosts cover)
3. Cut Worms “Truly Julie’s Blues” (Bob Lind cover)
4. The Lemon Twigs “White Flag” (Dido cover)
5. Daddy Issues “Boys of Summer” (Don Henley cover)
6. Speedy Ortiz “Young Liars” (TV on the Radio cover)
7. Palehound “Miss Independent” (Kelly Clarkson cover)
8. The Quilz “Girl U Want” (DEVO cover)
9. Cass McCombs Band “Yes We Can Can” (Pointer Sisters cover)
10. Porches “Morpha Too” (Big Star cover)
11. (Sandy) Alex G “Druglord Landlord” (Cold Foamers cover)
12. TEEN “Boys Keep Swinging” (David Bowie cover)
13. Luke Temple “Duchess” (Scott Walker cover)

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Hear Perfume Genius' Self-Assured New Song 'Go Ahead'

Perfume Genius has released the second single from his upcoming album, No Shape. Mike Hadreas unveiled the track while participating in a Twitter Q&A on Wednesday.

Differing from the musically ornate first single “Slip Away,” “Go Ahead” is a more minimalist offering with spare, but direct lyrics. Over skittering beats and light, glitchy melodies, Hadreas defiantly deflects unsolicited commentary.

“What you think?/ I don’t remember asking,” he sings. “What you mean?/ Baby, take a seat/ Now watch me/ Watch me walk on by/ Honestly/ Next one won’t be free/ Go ahead, go ahead and try.” Later, Hadreas confidently notes that he’s “already walking in the light.”

The follow-up to 2014’s Too Bright, fourth album No Shape will be released on May 5th via Matador. The artist will head on tour next month, beginning in Detroit at Magic Stick on May 10th.

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Clive Davis Documentary Feature From IM Global And Scott Free Productions Coming To Apple Music

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Clive Davis documentary CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES from IM Global and Scott Free Productions, is coming exclusively to Apple Music customers around the world. Based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, CLIVE…


Big Boi Readies All-Star New Album 'Boomiverse'

Big Boi has revealed plans to release a new album titled Boomiverse, the Outkast rapper’s first solo LP since 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

On Thursday, 4/20, Big Boi will drop a pair of Boomiverse tracks: “Mic Jack,” featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, premieres on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, while “Kill Jill,” co-starring Big Boi’s Atlanta brethren Killer Mike and Jeezy, arrives Thursday night.

Like Vicious Lies, Boomiverse promises to be an all-star affair, with the rapper hinting on social media that Gucci Mane, Cee Lo Green and unreleased verses from the late UGK rapper Pimp C will appear on the album, Rap-Up reports. A release date for Boomiverse has yet to be announced.

Big Boi last teamed with Phantogram for the 2015 collaboration Big Grams. In 2016, Big Boi said that he and Killer Mike were planning a joint EP, but no further information about that has been announced.

The rapper started teasing his upcoming releases on Instagram Wednesday:

#KILLJILL feat. @Jeezy & @KillerMike available tomorrow night

A post shared by Big Boi (@therealbigboi) on Apr 19, 2017 at 9:46am PDT

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Hear Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd Duet on Sweeping New Song, 'Lust for Life'

Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd have re-teamed up, this time for the title track off Del Rey’s forthcoming LP Lust for Life. She premiered the collaboration on Mistajam’s BBC Radio 1 show.

The Sixties-inspired song has layered synths and keyboards swirling around Del Rey and the Weeknd’s delicate vocals. “Take off all of your clothes,” they sing intermittently, as if it’s an afterthought. 

In an interview with Courtney Love for Dazed Magazine, Del Rey revealed that “Lust for Life” was the first song she wrote for the album and got an assist from Max Martin for it. She traveled to his Sweden compound where encouraged her to turn what had previously been a verse into the song’s chorus. Upon returning to her main producer Rick Nowels’ place, she realized the one extra element she needed for the track.

“That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear Abel [Tesfaye, the Weeknd] sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it,” she said in the interview. “But then I was feeling like it was missing something, a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies.”

Del Rey and the Weeknd, two artists who sprouted up on YouTube around the same time and have been compared for their similarly moody, noir sounds, have crossed paths on the last two Weeknd albums. They sang together on the 2015 song “Prisoner” and Del Rey made a scene-stealing appearance on the short “Stargirl Interlude” off last year’s Starboy

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Grammy-Award Winner Zedd Named Special Guest of Budweiser InfieldFest at the 142nd Preakness

Zedd will be the special guest artist joining the 2017 Preakness Budweiser InfieldFest on Saturday, May 20thBALTIMORE, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Stronach Group, owners of the legendary Preakness Stakes and Pimlico Race Course, announced today that Grammy and Billboard award-winning electronic music artist Zedd will be the special guest artist joining the 2017 Preakness Budweiser…


Hear Music From 1,000 Cultures on Massive Alan Lomax Recordings Site

Before his 2002 death, ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax spent decades recording and archiving the world’s traditional music. Now the organization he founded, the Association for Cultural Equity, is aiming to continue his research with a newly established online database, The Global Jukebox, The New York Times reports.

The free site features 6,000 digitized songs from over 1,000 cultures, including recordings from Lomax’s own collection. Upon visiting The Global Jukebox, users can navigate a massive world map categorized by region, culture and function. For example, clicking on “Tunisia” brings up a list for “Western Asia/Mediterranean Basin/N. African Arabs,” which is then broken down into Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt; “Songs in Tunisia” arranges music into headings like “Wedding Songs” and “Love Song.” 

Lomax first conceptualized the project in the 1980s, aiming to categorize songs and dances with corresponding anthropological data. The archive utilizes the researcher’s innovative cantometrics system, which breaks down music by analyzing qualities like tonal blend, melodic range and social organization of vocal parts.

In an interview with The New York Times, ACE research associate Kathleen Rivera called The Global Jukebox “very ambitious” for its time. “[Lomax] was poring over these punch cards and computing systems for entire days,” she said. “His vision couldn’t match the technology that he had at the time. Today, we have the system that can make it all very clear for people.”

The website will be continually updated with additional music in the future. 

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Watch Nicki Minaj's Regal 'No Frauds' Video With Lil Wayne, Drake

Nicki Minaj claims her throne in the London-set “No Frauds” video. Her collaborators and Young Money cohorts Drake and Lil Wayne also appear in the clip.

The clip begins with Minaj sitting in a throne before panning to images of her rapping in front of the Big Ben clock tower and various locations around London. She’s seen in a club as well as on a staircase with Drake waiting behind her nodding to her savage lyrics directed toward Remy Ma. At one point, Love & Hip-Hop star and former best friend of Remy Ma, Rah Ali, makes a brief appearance on her own, showing her allegiance to Minaj’s side in the feud. Drake raps his verse from the club scene while Wayne takes his place on the throne next to Minaj as the video’s king and queen.

“No Frauds” is Minaj’s response to the scathing, vicious diss track “Shether” that Remy Ma released earlier this year. On the same day, she released the Wayne-assisted “Changed It” and solo “Regret in Your Tears.” Minaj has hinted at a follow-up to her 2014 LP The Pinkprint but has not detailed whether or not these three singles will be part of the upcoming, as-yet-untitled LP.

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TIDAL lanza una oferta sin precendentes en Latino America

TIDAL LANZA UNA OFERTA SIN PRECENDENTES EN LATINO AMERICANUEVA YORK, 19 de abril de 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hoy, la plataforma global de música y entretenimiento, TIDAL, anuncia que va a estar dando acceso gratis al servicio de Hi-Fi y Premium a los amantes de la música en Argentina, Perú, República Dominicana, Puerto Rico, México y Colombia….


Bruce Springsteen Bashes Trump in New Protest Song

Bruce Springsteen bashes President Trump as a “con man” on “That’s What Makes Us Great,” his new protest song with longtime collaborator Joe Grushecky. “Don’t tell me a lie/ And sell it as a fact/ I’ve been down that road before/ And I ain’t going back,” Springsteen sings on the track, Pitchfork reports.

The song premiered Wednesday morning on SiriusXM and Grushecky’s website. At one point in the sharply worded tune, Springsteen proclaims, “Don’t you brag to me/ That you never read a book/ I never put my faith/ In a con man and his crooks.”

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Grushecky said he’d already written the song before initiating the collaboration. “I sent it to him and he liked it,” he noted. “I said, ‘What do you think about singing on it?’ He gave it the Bruce treatment.” The singer, who formerly fronted Pittsburgh rock band the Iron City Houserockers, added that Trump “lost [him] the moment he started making fun of special needs people,” referring to an infamous speech where the Republican appeared to mimic a disabled reporter. “How could a person like that be president of the United States?”

Springsteen blasted Trump numerous times before and after the 2016 election, infamously calling him a “moron” in a September interview with Rolling Stone

“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically,” he said. “The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you’re pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it’s a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don’t go back in so easy, if they go back in at all. 

“The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he’s done – not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.”

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