Sound On Sound Fest & Margin Walker Announce Rescheduled Artist Events
Margin Walker announced the first round of rescheduled shows a week after being compelled to abruptly cancel the second year of Sound on Sound Fest after a major investor pulled out. Only announced are the shows that will be happening at venues in and around downtown during the weekend of November 10-12. Shows throughout the weekend include Grizzly Bear at ACL Live, Cannibal Corpse at Mohawk, Washed Out and Austra at Emo’s, all on Friday, Noname at Scoot Inn and Japandroids and Cloud Nothings at Emo’s on Saturday, and shows closing out the weekend on Sunday include The Shins and Baio at Emos and Ariel Pink, Girlpool, and Mild High Club at Cheer Up Charlies. Tickets for the rescheduled shows are on sale now for anyone who had purchased a ticket to Sound on Sound, and tickets for the general public will go on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m.. And if you’re sad you’re not hearing Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Electric Wizard, or Iggy Pop amongst those rescheduled shows, there may be hope yet. In a press release from last night, Margin Walker said they are still working to reschedule more artists even later in the year or in 2018.
Celebrating 79 Years of Fela
In tribute to Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, who would have been 79 this week, Knitting Factory Records has announced its latest in a series of curated box sets, this one featuring 7 albums chosen by Erykah Badu. The box set goes for $120 and is limited to only 3,000 copies. Also included is a 20-page booklet including personal essays from Badu, indepeth commentary from music journalist and Afrobeat historian Chris May, never before published pictures of Fela Kuti, and more. Preorders are available now for the box set, out December 15th.
Introducing Spotify’s Artist App
Musicians, listen up, if your music’s on Spotify, this one’s for you. Today Spotify’s new Artist app went live. It’s described as a “one-stop shop to track your new music as it goes live, control your presence on Spotify, and learn more about your listeners.” The app allows artists and/or their personnel to update their profiles on-the-go, including their current “artist’s pick” to updating playlists, to editing their biography. That last one is a big deal, as the biography has historically been filled in with information from metadata firm Rovi, but now artists have the power to write their own biography. The new app will also keep artists updated in real time with streaming analytics for the first two weeks following any release, updating itself every single time a listener hits play on said release. In general, however, the app will allow users to see their full-range analytics in a mobile-friendly format, including breakdowns on listeners, streamers, followers, including age, location, and gender. The Spotify for Artists app is currently only live for iOS, but promises to be up and running on Android very soon.
The Who and What of Read Roger Daltrey’s New Memoir
Roger Daltrey signed a book deal with the U.K.’s Blink Publishing and Henry Holt and Co. in the U.S. to being the world his memoir, due out next year. Daltrey was born during World War II, and the memoir will not only go deep into Daltrey’s decades with both the Who and his solo career, but will also be a deep reflection on how Britain itself and his place in it has changed in his lifetime, detailing his rise from factory worker to rock icon.
The John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation , the fellowship that awards the annual MacArthur Genius Grants. Recipients come from a wide range of disciplines: painters, mathematicians, social justice activists, and musicians too. Each is selected for having “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” This year’s list of 24 holds three talented individuals who call music their sphere of expertise.
Singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is an NPR veteran, using her knowledge, talent, and influence to reclaim the African and African-American contributions to folk, country, celtic, and other genres that have been historically left out or diminished throughout time.
Composer and musician Tyshawn Sorey is a paragon of a multi-instrumentalist, feeling as comfortable on the drums set as he does on the piano or trombone. He’s also a conductor and composer, blending sounds so vividly and uniquely that to pigeonhole his genre-free approach to music making is negligible.
Finally, there’s Yuval Sharon, an ambitious opera director reinventing the boundaries of where, when, and how opera can be performed. His goal in life is to kill the stigma that opera is passive, flowery, and only for a particular kind of mind. His 2013 production of Christopher Cerrone’s Invisible Cities, for instance, was performed in L.A. Union Station while the station remained fully operational, with members of the production and audience members interspersed among the station’s employees, travelers, and commuters. His Hopscotch: An Opera for 24 Cars productions took place at various locations around L.A., and audience members were shuttled to each location in limousines after choosing which of the opera’s three routes they wished to follow.
Each of the 24 recipients will receive a $625,000 award from the MacArthur Foundation “as an investment in their potential.”
Sweden Makes Statement (Fest) Against High Sexual Assault Reports
Sweden has chosen its response to the staggering amount of reported sexual assault cases from the country’s popular Bråvalla and Putte I Parken festivals earlier this year (so bad, in fact, that Bråvalla 2018 has been cancelled).
Instead, Sweden has shifted focus Statement Fest, a new event that will only be attended by cis-and-trans women as well as non-binary folks. The seed of this festival came from a passing tweet from comedienne Emma Knyckare. That quickly morphed into a full-on Kickstarter campaign, making its 500,000 Swedish Kroner goal (that’s over $60,000 US dollars), and now Statement Fest embarks on the next leg of the journey, securing bands and more investors.
For those wondering if a festival with this sort of exclusion is legal, it 100% is in Sweden if the exclusion is made in “good intention,” and hosting a music festival safe space for all female and non-binary identifiers more than fits the bill.
In a statement from one of Statement Fest’s organizers, “If you, as a man or woman, are upset by the idea of a men-free festival, you may instead be upset about how many women are asked to stay home [by] friends and family when they plan to go festivals or elsewhere. Put your energy on what is actually fair.” Specific dates, headliners, and other specific details have yet to be announced.
Beck’s New Album, Signed By…MC Hammer?
In today’s “but why?” news, Beck’s new album arrives this Friday. It’s his 13th album, and it’s being released on Friday the 13th. Yes, yes. And if you’re like me, you’re not too keen on the aggressively pop sound, but MC Hammer disagrees with both us. He thinks it’s “a great party record.” So much so, that pop culture emporium Newbury Comics is selling copies of Beck’s Colors album signed by MC Hammer. Hammer didn’t offer a reason, just that he and Beck are fans of each other, and Hammer wanted to sign his album, though to be clear he had absolutely nothing to do with its inception or production. You can preorder your copy here.
Sound On Sound Signs Off
A dark cloud of dragon smoke hung over the first day of ACL Fest as the news broke of the cancellation of November’s Sound On Sound Fest just one year into its forecasted legacy. A reason for the sudden cancellation was not immediately divulged, but it did eventually come out that a major investor had backed out about a week and a half prior, and Sound On Sound’s organizers were unable to secure another major beneficiary, ultimately compelling them to make the difficult decision to calls it quits on this year’s festivities. Sound on Sound is offering full refunds to everyone who purchased a ticket, and in their official statement said they are currently rebooking artists at club venues around downtown for the weekend of November 10-12 and other SOS-sponsored performances next year. People who purchased tickets to Sound on Sound will have an opportunity to buy tickets before the general public. Festival producer Margin Walker Presents will announce these rescheduled shows on October 16th.
Lovin’ Spoonful Pianist Arrested for Child Pornography
Jerry Yester, best known for his ivory contributions to the Lovin’ Spoonful’s 1965 megahit “Do You Believe in Magic,” as well as producing and arranging records for Pat Boone, Tom Waits, and the Turtles, was arrested last Thursday on charges for 30 counts of distributing, possessing, and viewing child pornography. The 74-year-old musician was arrested by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit and taken to the Boone County Sherrif’s office in Harrison, Arkansas, where he remained until posting a $35,000 bond yesterday.