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Posted by on Aug 26, 2016

George Clinton to Release New Album on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder

George Clinton went on L.A.’s NPR affiliate KCRW earlier this week to announce his first album in almost a decade. The album will be released sometime next year on Flying Lotus’s record label Brainfeeder. Clinton has spent the last few years collaborating with artists like Fly Lo, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, and appearing on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly while, of course, touring and performing with his groups Parliament and Funkadelic. When asked what fans could expect from his new album, Clinton responded by saying, “As always, we expect to tear the roof off the sucker.”

 

Led Zeppelin to Finally Reach the End Of Expansive Archival Campaign

Led Zeppelin has spent the last several years emptying their vaults of unreleased material as part of a a massive archival campaign, which also included a remastering and reissuing of the band’s nine studio albums with their corresponding B-sides. The final release is the group’s BBC Sessions, which will include a previously lost session that included the only performance of a song dubbed, “Sunshine Woman,” making the tune the final previously unheard complete Zeppelin song to receive an official release. The BBC Sessions hits stores next month.

Music News 8.24.16

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

“Weird Al” To Star in New Show on Disney XD

The children’s television channel Disney XD is giving “Weird Al” Yankovic his own animated show, not only to star in, but also to premiere new music in. “Weird Al” voices the title character in Milo Murphy’s Law, while the rest of the cast features great voice acting talent from Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, Rick and Morty’s Dan Harmon and former Scrubs co-star Sarah Chalke, Christian Slater, and Pamela Adlon, who, among her many great roles, is probably best known as having voiced Bobby Hill in the animated series King of the Hill. “Weird Al” has been expanding his career into TV for the last few years, succeeding Reggie Watts as bandleader on the recently cancelled Comedy Bang Bang and doing voice work on the Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman. Milo Murphy’s Law premieres on October 3rd. (Brooklyn Vegan)

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Record Industry Titan Puts Ban on Exclusive Stream Releases

Record label giant Universal Music Group, which counts Def Jam, Decca, Capitol, and EMI among its many labels and brands, has announced an end to exclusive releases to streaming services such as Apple, TIDAL, and Spotify. Frank Ocean’s visual album Endless will be the last to participate in these popular and political exclusive releases (which tend to last about 2 weeks or longer), as the phenomenon of these releases has only led to intense, yet overall moot, competition between Apple Music and TIDAL. This decision should have a pretty significant impact on fan’s listening experience, and perhaps even their wallets as fans may no longer be compelled to pay for or entertain the thought of paying for both services, especially considering Universal Music Group’s place in the music industry, having released seven of the ten highest-selling records of 2015 and accounting for 38.5% of the year’s recorded-music sales. (The FADER)

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Music News 8.23.16

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2016

Amazon Music To Offer New Service Subscriptions

Rumors have been circulating since January, and now all has been revealed concerning Amazon’s music streaming services. Currently, Amazon only offers music streaming to its Amazon Prime members and offers a fairly limited catalogue. According to recent reports, however, this policy is being traded-in for one that is oddly more inclusive and exclusive at the same time. Their new streaming service will offer two options: one for $5/month and another for $10. The difference? The $5/month plan is only available to owners of the Amazon Echo, the voice-activated speaker that does everything from playing music to setting recurring alarms to ordering groceries and Domino’s pizza. The caveat is that the option won’t allow subscribers to play music anywhere other than the Echo. The $10/month plan is much more inclusive; it’ll be available to everyone, Prime Member or otherwise, and will allow subscribers to play music on any device. (Fact Mag)

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ACL Official Late Night Shows Announced

Austin City Limits Festival has announced this year’s set of official late night shows. As to be expected, none of the headliners (save Major Lazer) are playing afterhours shows, but there will a number of great heavyweights lighting up Austin’s smaller stages in just over a month. Between September 29th and October 8th, you can see Band of Horses, Two Door Cinema Club, LL Cool J, and Andrew Bird at Stubb’s on different nights, catch Bob Moses at Vulcan, M83 at ACL Live, Jr Jr at Emo’s, and over a dozen other groups over the two weeks. Tickets for all of these shows are available on the C3 concerts website. (Austin 360)

 

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Music News 8.22.16

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2016

Laura Marling Launches Podcast About Women in the Music Industry

British singer-songwriter Laura Marling has launched a new podcast series aimed not just at women in the music industry, but analyzing women’s place in the industry and whether it really is a place of equality. The podcast, called Reversal of the Muse, is on a mission to uncover the challenges posed by a male-dominated industry and the scrutiny given to female creativity. The idea for the series actually came out of conversations with friends and other female musicians about female creativity, a conversation that turned into an obsession for Marling, who says after ten years of recording she’s wondering how her career may have been supported and shaped differently if she had been surrounded by female execs in the music industry. The first episode, released today, features the sisters of the group Haim and sound engineer Vanessa Parr. (THE FADER)

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Band Boy Mogul Lou Pearlman Dies in Prison at 62

Controversial businessman responsible for forming both the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, Lou Pearlman, died in a federal prison over the weekend, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Unofficially known as the Boy Band Mogul, Pearlman made a name for himself in the 90s after forming the iconic boy band the Backstreet Boys by holding a $3 million nationwide search for unknown talent. The Backstreet Boys would go on to sell 130 million records, cementing them as the best-selling boy band of all time. Pearlman created *NSYNC two years later, effectively providing the launch pad for Justin Timberlake’s music career. Pearlman went on to manage other boy bands such as LFO and O-Town. Unfortunately, Pearlman also had a dark side to his businessman career, convincing at least 250 individual investors to put money into two fake companies (AKA Ponzi schemes) for two decades. The judge said his victims included “family…close friends and people in their 70s and 80s who have lost their life savings.” Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence in Texarkana. An official cause of death has not been announced. (BBC)

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

What’s Going On With Frank Ocean’s New Album?

Frank Ocean has been playing puppet master with the heartstrings of his fans for the last two weeks after announcing a new album and releasing a strange livestream in anticipation of the new album. Called Boys Don’t Cry, Ocean said the album would be released last Friday, fans everywhere lost their minds, then Friday came, and nothing was released. Fans everywhere continued to lose their minds. An app was even created to sign up for a service that would send you a text message as soon as the Frank Ocean album dropped. As far as social media goes, every channel was crawling with discussion about Boys Don’t Cry. Then, last night, Frank Ocean dropped Endless, a visual album debuting new music featuring Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, James Blake, strings from the London Contemporary Orchestra, and British R&B vocalist Sampha (she’s done work for SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Drake, and Kanye West) set to video footage of Frank Ocean building a staircase. Rolling Stone confirmed that Endless is a completely separate project from his proper new album, which is apparently no longer called Boys Don’t Cry and is set to be released via Apple this weekend. (Rolling Stone)

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Stranger Things Vol. 2 Released via Stream Today, Vinyl Release Coming Soon

Volume 2 of the soundtrack to the Netflix summer sensation Stranger Things is out today, featuring another great 75 minutes of scored music from Austin’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. Both volumes are streaming on Apple Music, but will both be released on vinyl sometime in the near future. (Brooklyn Vegan)

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