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  • Damon Albarn's "Mr. Tembo" Video Stars the Real Mr. Tembo, an Elephant

    May 13

    Damon Albarn has shared the video for "Mr. Tembo" from his recently released debut solo album, Everyday Robots. Directed by Giorgio Testi, it features Albarn and his band the Heavy Seas performing the song inside of London's Pentecostal City Mission Church. (The church's choir, who sing on the song, are also in the video.) There's also ample footage of the real Mr. Tembo, an orphan Tanzanian baby elephant (!) who inspired Albarn to write the song. Watch it below. Read our interview with...

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  • TUE. NEWS BRIEF: Beats Mania Continues, Dropbox Lands Spotify, Billboard Chart Fix, Megaupload & More

    May 13

    Tuesday 5.13.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web   CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab 

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  • Learn Music Mixing While Playing With Peter Gabriel's Music

    May 13

    Play With Your Music (PWYM) is a collaborative effort between faculty from NYU, P2P University and the MIT Media Lab. It's a free learning community organized around an introductory course featuring music, in this session, by Peter Gabriel. Participants will learn remixing basics and work on their own as well as with other students. It starts May 16. Play With Your Music (via @buzzsonic) is a MOOC, for massively open online course, which PWYM redefines as a massively open online community....

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  • Anna Calvi Covers FKA Twigs' "Papi Pacify" on Covers EP Featuring David Byrne

    May 13

    Photo by Roger Deckker British singer-songwriter Anna Calvi has announced Strange Weather, a new covers EP. The follow up to her last album One Breath includes a recording of the great FKA twigs track "Papi Pacify". Stream the cover above. The EP features collaborations with David Byrne on covers of Connan Mockasin and Keren Ann, in addition to versions of songs by David Bowie and Suicide. Nico Muhly also contributed. The EP was produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony and the...

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  • Successful Crowdfunding: A Musician’s Experience of Kickstarter vs. PledgeMusic vs. DIY

    May 13

    This is a guest post by Brian Buchanan from the band Enter the Haggis. They’ve used crowdfunding successfully 3 times, in the process raising tens of thousands of dollars, and forming really strong connections with their fans. In this post, Brian explains first hand his experience using platforms like Kickstarter, PledgeMusic, and even Bandzoogle, and how they stack up when you’re looking to launch a crowdfunding campaign. We’ve posted Brian’s thoughts in their entirety, and we hope that...

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  • Cymbals Eat Guitars Announce New Album LOSE, Share "Jackson"

    May 13

    New York indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars last surfaced with 2011's Lenses Alien. On August 26, they're back with a new LP called LOSE, which is out via Barsuk. That up there is the album's opening track, "Jackson". The album was produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.). According to a press release, it's an LP about coping with loss, as frontman Joseph D'Agostino was writing songs about the death of his friend and collaborator Benjamin High: LOSE is a very apropos...

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  • Pitchfork Music Festival Paris Dates Announced, Early Bird Three-Day Passes Available Now

    May 13

    Pitchfork is happy to announce the 2014 dates for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. The festival will take place October 30-November 1, returning once again to Grande Halle de La Villette. A very limited number of early bird three-day passes are now available. They cost 90€. When the limited number of early bird tickets are gone, regular three-day passes will be priced at 110€. Lineup announcements will begin next week. Watch Disclosure's full set from last year:

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  • Tells Us What You Really Think Of The Beats Apple Deal [We've Got Prizes!]

    May 13

    No one, other than perhaps a few in the inner circles of Apple and Beats, are even sure that this marriage will be consummated. But that hasn't stopped thousands of pundits, analysts, bloggers, journalists and almost anyone with a platform from weighing in. So we'd thought we'd ask: What do you, the informed readers of Hypebot, think of Apple's reported plan to purchase Beats for $3.2 billion? Answer To Win A Pair Of Sennheiser Momentum Headphones & Amazon Gift Certificates To...

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  • Sharon Van Etten Chronicles the Life of a TV Vampire in "Every Time the Sun Comes Up" Video

    May 13

    Following the recent video for "Taking Chances", Sharon Van Etten has shared a new clip for "Every Time the Sun Comes Up", the closer from her upcoming album Are We There. Like the occultish "Taking Chances" video, this one is also reminiscent of Halloween, taking an empathetic look at an older man who plays a vampire on television. There's also a cameo from Van Etten—in the form of a cartoon character who looks like she could be friends with Wednesday Addams. It was directed by David Kessler....

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  • Spotify Brings Upgrades To Windows Phone

    May 13

    As they announced they would several weeks ago, Spotify today upgraded its Windows phone app to include the features the music streamer launched on the iOS and Android platforms earlier this year.  Along with a "brand new design", the Windows 8 phone update adds Radio, Browse and Discover features.  From Spotify: Introducing Browse: Going for a jog or to the gym? We’ve got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. Hosting a dinner or getting ready for a big night out? We’ve got you...

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