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Run The Jewels Announce Beats 1 Radio Show WRTJ, Begins Tonight

Run The Jewels join the long list of artists that will have their own Beats 1 radio show. The rap duo has just announced that the inaugural edition of their program, which is called WRTJ mimicking terrestrial radio call letters, will begin tonight. It’ll air every Friday at 9PM EST. They’ve offered a quick preview… More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 11:37 am

Watch Ceremony Cover The Cure With Patrick Stickles In Brooklyn

Last night, Ceremony continued the tour behind their new album, The L-Shaped Man, at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium. They brought Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles — who used to live at the venue and helped to get it up and running — on stage to perform a cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Full video… More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 11:15 am

Father John Misty Explains The Origin Of His Great New Arcade Fire Cover

Father John Misty debuted his great new cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” earlier this week and, in a new interview with NME, he opened up about the inspiration behind choosing the song, and it turns out to have been for completely mundane, contractual reasons. Basically, his manager said he had to do a cover… More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 10:30 am

Stream Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Twelve Reasons To Die II

Next week, Ghostface Killah will release Twelve Reasons To Die II, his third album in eight months after 36 Seasons and his BADBADNOTGOOD collab Sour Soul. It’s also a sequel to 2013’s Twelve Reasons To Die, and here he continues the story he began to tell with cinematic rap composer Adrian Younge two years ago. More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 10:08 am

Livestream Wireless Festival 2015

New Look Wireless Festival kicks off today and goes through the weekend in London at Finsbury Park, and the entire event will be livestreamed via Yahoo. Headliners for the festival include Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj, and other acts performing include A$AP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, Major Lazer, Pusha T, Charli XCX, Rae Sremmurd,… More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 9:50 am

Comments from james rettig

Sweet, thanks -- added his reply up top.
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July 3, 2015 on Watch Ceremony Cover The Cure With Patrick Stickles In Brooklyn
Alondra Bentley - "What Will You Dream"
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July 1, 2015 on Beach House – “Sparks”
Well, duh -- that part was a little tongue-in-cheek. But she shouldn't be celebrated for having rational opinions. It should just be expected.
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June 26, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
We called out Swift for her hypocrisy in regards to Etsy in the first paragraph of the article you linked. They are very different things. On the photographer issue, I don't think Swift is being hypocritical or unreasonable. But let's agree to disagree!
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June 25, 2015 on Apple Music Will Be The First To Stream Taylor Swift’s 1989
Not to speak for everyone on staff, but personally I think that whole thing is kind of stupid? First off, don't sign a contract if you don't agree with what it says -- getting management approval is pretty standard stuff once you're shooting artists in the big leagues, and it's not like this language was hidden or anything. Photographers are typically getting paid once for these photos by whatever publication/service they are shooting for and, at least from Swift's POV, that's where those photos should stay without other approval. It's not like they are not making money off of them at all. And, as I understand it, the contract states that photogs still retain ownership over their images, but that Swift can use them in a "non-commercial capacity," which basically means she can post them to her Instagram/Tumblr/social media. She can't use them in an ad or anything she'd make money off of, at least not without getting the photographer's permission and paying them for that. The whole destroying equipment thing is a little weird, but I'm sure that's in there in case of a worst case scenario -- say, she has a wardrobe malfunction on stage. Then the whole "management approval" thing comes into effect so the photographer can't turn around and sell the photos to a tabloid for a million dollars. (Or, if they do, Swift's team would have proper grounds to sue.) But, yes, the whole open letter thing does seem staged! Oh well.
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June 25, 2015 on Apple Music Will Be The First To Stream Taylor Swift’s 1989
That's coming later this week!
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June 24, 2015 on Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict The Song Of The Summer 2015
Oops, you're totally right. Fixed! And I agree on the Avril comparison in terms of how CRJ is marketed, but I think CRJ is a lot better. But Avril's debut did have at least a few good songs on it, though it didn't age well at all.
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June 22, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me” & “Your Type”
Also, I meant "of the same" as in most of those albums were very clean-cut while this is a little more scraggly, but I get where you're coming from.
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June 16, 2015 on Foals – “What Went Down”
Antidotes is kind of different (and the album I am fond of the most, but probably only because I was really young when I listened to it) but TLF and Holy Fire are pretty interchangeable to me! Granted, I'm not the biggest fan of the band, but I think they are OK.
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June 16, 2015 on Foals – “What Went Down”
I get what you meant, but there's no need to make the distinction between "female" rock versus "male" rock -- it's all just rock. The only thing that's changed is that more people are paying attention -- that doesn't mean there are more or less "girl bands" in the world. :P
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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far