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  • A$AP Ferg and YG Team Up for "This Side"

    Nov 11

    A$AP Ferg and YG are heading on the BestCoast Connection Tour in a couple days. First, they've shared a collaborative new track called "This Side". That's it above. On December 15, YG is releasing a film-and-soundtrack project called Blame It on the Streets. The 30-minute short looks at the rapper's (krazy) life behind the music on My Krazy Life. YG co-wrote and stars in the film, which features a nine-song soundtrack. Find the tracklist and artwork below. Read our Guest List with YG. ...

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  • Swans Announce Tour

    Nov 11

    Photo by Samantha Marble Swans are about to head out for yet another stretch of tour dates behind their excellent album To Be Kind. The itinerary features the band's first-announced dates for 2015, including their recently announced appearance at Big Ears Festival. The band also recently reissued their debut album Filth, and on November 25, they'll release the Oxygen EP. Swans: 12-12 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw  02-17 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall 02-18 Providence, RI -Columbus...

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  • Which popular Christmas songs are still protected by copyright?

    Nov 11

    ‘Tis the season… If part of your music promotion plan this year is to release some Christmas songs — and that’s always a smart plan, since people love to buy music around the holidays —  you need to make sure you’re dotting all your i’s and crossing all your t’s. Are the songs you’re choosing to release still […] The post Which popular Christmas songs are still protected by copyright? appeared first on DIY Musician Blog.

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  • Think music has been devalued? Think again.

    Nov 11

    The modern musical landscape: doom-&-gloom, or bright-&-sunny? It’s easy to assume these days that the whole world thinks music (recorded music, live music, your music, all music) should be FREE. Talk to working musicians and it seems like everyone from local bar owners to regional concert promoters are growing more reluctant to provide guarantees. Your […] The post Think music has been devalued? Think again. appeared first on DIY Musician Blog.

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  • Deerhoof's "Exit Only" Video Stars Michael Shannon

    Nov 11

    Deerhoof have enlisted actor Michael Shannon ("Boardwalk Empire", Revolutionary Road) for their "Exit Only" video, from the recently released La Isla Bonita. In the video, Shannon plays both halves of a dementedly feverish interrogation. (That's his frozen hand, above.) Eventually, the band gets involved. Check it out below via Vulture. Watch Deerhoof perform "Basketball Get Your Groove Back" for Pitchfork.tv:

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  • James Franco Releasing Album and Film Inspired by the Smiths, Featuring the Smiths' Andy Rourke

    Nov 11

    James Franco has a band with Tim O'Keefe, his former art school classmate. They're called Daddy, and they've just announced Let Me Get What I Want, an album/film inspired by the Smiths. You can watch the video for "This Charming Man" below, via Vice. It is not, however, a straight-up cover of the Smiths classic. In Franco's newest book of poetry, Directing Herbert White: Poems, there are two sections titled "Poems Inspired by Smiths' Songs". (Which is exactly what you think it is.) Franco...

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  • Seven Seas Music Brings One-Click Music Licensing to Filmmakers and Advertisers

    Nov 11

    The San Francisco based web platform, Seven Seas Music, is taking the headache out of music discovery and licensing by bringing a wide array of world music to digital content producers virtually. Media professionals can audition tracks within the carefully curated library of 5,000 tracks and begin the process of licensing that music for use with one click. The startup, overseen by music licensing professionals Brooke Wentz and Maryam Soleiman, hopes to bridge the gap between international...

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  • Stream TV on the Radio's New Album Seeds

    Nov 11

    Next week, TV on the Radio will release Seeds, their first album since 2011's Nine Types of Light. Today, you can stream Seeds on iTunes via First Play. Seeds is out November 18 on Harvest Records. It includes "Could You", "Careful You", and "Happy Idiot". Watch TV on the Radio's video for "Happy Idiot", starring Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens:

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  • Apple Used Luxembourg To Dodge Taxes On Billions In iTunes Revenue

    Nov 11

    Two-thirds of the money Apple’s iTunes collects outside of North America is being funneled through iTunes Sàrla, a Luxembourg holding company that is charhed no tax thanks to special agreement signed in 2008. This new revelation comes after heavy criticism of the US based company for paying a less than 1% per tax in Ireland on sales of iPhones, iPads and computers. Apple Sheltered $2.5 Billion In 2013 Tax documents obtained by The ­Australian Financial Review show the Luxemborg agreement...

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  • The Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank Has Died

    Nov 11

    Hank Jackson, aka The Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank, has died, as TMZ reports. He was 57 years old. The cause is believed to be cancer. The other two founding members of the Sugarhill Gang, Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien, told TMZ, "So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank." Jackson joined the Sugarhill Gang in the late 70s when producer/Sugarhill Records founder Sylvia Robinson was looking to record a group to capitalize on the then-nascent...

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