Category Archives: Industry
News of Trent Reznor’s involvement in a streaming service from Beats By Dre — “a platform in which the machine and the human would collide more intimately,” per Reznor — has been circulating for well over a year now, and it looks like those plans are finally coming to fruition. In a letter posted to his personal blog today (via CoS), CEO Ian Rogers promised that Beats Music (FKA Daisy) would launch in January 2014 — as in, one month from now. No mention of Reznor, though. Quoth Rogers:
Earlier this year Band To Watch Krill put up a little self-released album for $6.66 (you had to pay more, though, for the special edition, which crammed a jump drive in a ball of gourmet mozzarella cheese). As the year wore on Lucky Leaves never left my iPhone (it still hasn’t) and gradually grew into one of my favorite albums of the year, and Krill became one of my favorite live bands. Now they’re back with a new EP, the amazingly titled Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears. In case you don’t know, Malden is a town north of Boston, Pile are perhaps the great unsung heroes of the Boston music scene, and Steve is the unfortunate protagonist of this “failed concept album.” The story follows Steve, a huge fan of Pile who dreams of making something worthy of them, only to come to the realization that he is actually a character in a Pile song. Below you can find the title track of the EP streaming. It’s hilarious, it’s existentially depressing, it’s a love letter. It’s great. In other words, it’s Krill.
Lorde’s Ella Yelich-O’Connor single-handedly broke the internet for a few hours last night as the video for “Team,” the second single off Pure Heroine, immediately racked up hundreds of thousands of views. Despite all her lyrics to the contrary, Lorde is our Queen of 2013. Her majesty included a few thoughts with the release of the video in deftly poetic fashion:
WE’RE ON EACH OTHER’S TEAM
this video was borne from a dream i had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. i dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, i dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. enjoy xx
Don’t call it Lorde of the Flies, our queen is smarter than that. There’s a place on her team for every misfit, limping teenager — the kids might actually be alright.
STREAM: Lorde – “Team”
Since 2009 the Big Ears Festival has brought a massive slate of experimental music to Knoxville, Tennessee, and they’ve just announced their lineup for next spring (the festival occurs during the weekend of March 28-30). It’s kind of hard to contain my excitement here since I’m a sucker for this sort of thing, but if you’re a fan of the drone-ier and noisier side of music, this lineup is a dream. Headlined by Steve Reich, who will be performing his masterpiece Music For 18 Musicians in full (with Ensemble Signal), as well as a new piece inspired by two Radiohead songs, the festival is appropriately also bringing in Jonny Greenwood, who recently announced a new Indian-inspired composition titled “Water.” And it just gets better from there. John Cale and Television are pretty big draws, but the smaller acts are even more exciting. Mark Ribot is doing a solo guitar performance of Charlie Chaplin’s score to The Kid (which is minor Chaplin if we’re splitting hairs, but who cares). Oren Ambarchi, Keiji Haino, and Stephen O’Malley are performing a three-guitar assault, instead of working on a new Sunn O))) record. Dominick Fernow (Prurient) will be bringing performing the charred techno he makes under his Vatican Shadow moniker. Also there’s drone god Tim Hecker and 2013 favorites Julia Holter and Oneohtrix Point Never, the latter of which put out my personal No. 1 album of 2013. Finally we’ve got Colin Stetson (getting to play his excellent solo album on a break from touring and recording with Arcade Fire) former Emeralds guitarist, Mark McGuire, who put out one of our favorite songs of the week recently in anticipation of his 2014 album Along The Way, which (spoiler alert) is freaking incredible. Check out the full line up below and further details here.
Chase is dropping a new 5-track EP on December 12th called Cashe Rules in conjunction with Scion AV. It’s sample free and features appearances from a couple of guys you’ll be familiar with. I’m happy to present the first leak from the project, the self-produced “I Can Do That”.
Previously: Chase N Cashe ft. Smoke DZA – Act A Fool