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  • Video: Speedy Ortiz: "No Below"

    Dec 4

    Massachusetts rock band Speedy Ortiz have shared a video for "No Below", the centerpiece to this summer's Major Arcana. Directed by Boast Choan, the clip pairs the outsider ballad with faded images of the band and friends hanging out in a wooded area, performing some bizarre rituals that involve food and animal masks. This follows Speedy's video for "Tiger Tank". Read our interview with Speedy Ortiz. The band also has tour dates coming up with Stephen Malkmus, the Breeders, Los Campesinos!,...

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  • Watch: Lauryn Hill: "Consumerism" Lyric Video

    Dec 4

    Lauryn Hill's got a new lyric video to go along with "Consumerism", the song she shared on the eve of her release from prison this fall. It's a very literal interpretation of the lyrics, a montage that visually reels off everything that's wrong with the world. (Hill herself is not in the clip, though she co-directed it with Jon Casey). It feels in step with the song's message that she chose to put it on Vimeo rather than YouTube—have a look. Hill is about to hit the road on a North American...

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  • Watch: Cloud Nothings Preview New Album

    Dec 4

    Cleveland noise rockers Cloud Nothings have released a trailer for their new album, the followup to 2012's Attack on Memory. The record is due out in 2014; the trailer provides a brief glimpse into the band's time spent in the studio. This summer, frontman Dylan Baldi debuted a new song, tentatively titled "Psychic Trauma".   Watch the preview below: Watch the video for Cloud Nothings' "Fall In" on Pitchfork.tv:   

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  • Drake Announces Partnership With Michael Jordan's Nike Brand for OVO Sneakers, Shares Pics

    Dec 4

    Photo by Erez Avissar Kanye West officially ditched Nike for Adidas last week. Now Drake will fill his shoes (ha). As Billboard reports, Drizzy announced last night at a show in Portland that he has partnered with Michael Jordan's Nike brand. He posted a series of sneaker designs to Instagram, including a few pictures of the OVO Stingray, which you can check out below. Drake told the Portland crowd it was "one of the best days of my life."  "Growing up, I'm sure we all idolized this guy, he...

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  • Pandora Releases Latest Audience Metrics

    Dec 4

    Pandora today announced new metrics for the month of November 2013. Listener hours for Pandora during the month of November 2013 were 1.49 billion, an increase of 18% from 1.27 billion during the same period last year. Share of total U.S. radio listening for Pandora in November 2013 was 8.44%, an increase from 7.17% at the same time last year. Active listeners were 72.4 million at the end of November 2013, an increase of 16% from 62.4 million during the same time period last...

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  • James Murphy Details His Signature Coffee

    Dec 4

    Stop the (French) presses! James Murphy's long-awaited coffee is finished, he tells Rolling Stone. The coffee, which he first spoke about in early 2012, is a collaboration between Murphy and James Freeman, the founder of craft coffee company Blue Bottle. "It's working," Murphy says. "I've been drinking it for a month now, and I'm super-psyched about it. I even made it in an Aeropress and a pour-over, and I like it." Murphy also spilled the beans on the taste of the product, which is a "neutral...

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  • Crowdfund Cover Song Music Videos with Song Backer

    Dec 4

    Song Backer is a new platform for funding music videos of cover songs. It's basically a form of crowdfunding that leverages the popularity of cover song videos on YouTube. Song Backer feels a bit awkward in this early stage but is potentially a strong contender if they can attract musicians with healthy followings on YouTube. Believe it or not this looks like a viable niche for a music tech startup despite a growing amount of related activity. Cover Songs Are A Popular Creative Approach To...

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  • Choice Cuts: Tony Dawsey on Urban Knights

    Dec 4

    Choice Cuts is a blog series where we ask the question all music obsessives love to answer: “What is your essential music?” This time it’s Tony Dawsey’s turn. He’s well known for mastering hip-hop classics, but not as many music fans know about Tony Dawsey mastering jazz. So the title Tony selected for his first […]

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  • The Pixies' Black Francis Writing Graphic Novel Involving Porn

    Dec 4

    Photo by Shannon McClean Fans disappointed by the Pixies most recent incarnation might still hold out hope for frontman Black Francis' next project: a graphic novel called The Good Inn. His words will accompany illustrations by the Guardian's Steven Appleby in a "fantastical piece of illustrated fiction based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist yet," the Guardian reports. More specifically, it's about a teenager called Soldier Boy on a global journey. (Sadly, not...

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  • Marketing Your Music Blog With Just 3 Tools

    Dec 4

    Clambr's Richard Marriott got "50 Experts" to weigh in on "How to Promote Your Blog with Just 3 Tools." It's a big page that's now at 53 professional web marketers, SEOs and marketing bloggers. But I think their choices of blog marketing tools and their rationales for using them, which also reveals some of their approaches to blog marketing, offer useful insights for musicians, music businesspeople, music writers and music marketers who are creating content, building brands and spreading the...

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