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Enigmatic producer SOPHIE, whose single "Bipp" was one of our favorite songs of 2013, is readying another new release. The new 12" featuring "Lemonade" and "Hard" is out August 4 via Numbers—find the A-side above. It will be out digitally and on limited edition vinyl.
He's also announced a new batch of tour dates—find them below.
Revisit our Rising interview with Sophie.
08-02 London, England - Visons Festival
08-08 Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia *
08-09 Palm Springs, CA - Splash House Festival
08-09 Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia *
08-11 Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia *#
08-31 Glasgow, Scotland - The Last Big Weekend
09-06 Long Island City, NY - MoMA PS1 Warm Up !@$
09-12 Dallas, TX - Gorilla vs Bear IV %&
* with Flume
# with the Range
! with Evian Christ
@ with Lone
$ with Forest Swords
% with Panda Bear
& with Blues Control
In anticipation of the forthcoming LP, Karen has released her video for album cut "Rapt". With its vibrant red couture and waterlogged imagery, it readily evokes PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love days.
The video was directed by Karen's husband Barney Clay and production designed by K.K. Barrett, who worked with Karen on the "psycho-opera" Stop the Virgens and was nominated for an Oscar in Best Production Design for Her.
Check out the video below.
Australian police are investigating a prank photo of Lily Allen in handcuffs that was reportedly taken while Allen was touring in Australia, Billboard reports. According to the story, Allen asked officers who were escorting her through the Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia to cuff her while she posed on her knees for a photograph.
The image was later uploaded to her instagram and tweeted, but when Allen arrived to perform at Splendour in the Grass festival in Australia's North Byron Parklands, she was confronted by police. The photo has since been removed from her Instagram.
A spokesperson to the Australian Federal Police told the New Zealand Herald:
"At her request members involved placed open handcuffs for a photo opportunity. It appears the members involved were caught in the moment and standard protocol were breached. It is subject to internal processes."
No further comments have been made at this time.
Watch Lily Allen's video for "Sheezus":
Kanye West has finally defeated the now-folded virtual currency Coinye, NBC News reports. Documents filed this week mark the end of the lawsuit, which had West going up against a currency featuring his cartoon likeness.
Earlier this year, Kanye's lawyers filed a trademark-infringement suit against Coinye, and shortly afterwards, the currency's creators posted this message to their website: "Coinye is dead. You win, Kanye."
NBC reports that Kanye's lawyers filed 84 court documents this year, naming 100 unknown people and a handful of named defendants. Several defendants lost the case by default when they didn't respond to the allegations. Three settled with West.
"Steven Universe" is an animated Cartoon Network show in which a group of female warriors wield magic that comes from gemstones. Sometimes, the warriors come together to create gem fusions, which are giant, more powerful warriors. It's a pretty odd show. Anyway, a clip has surfaced that features the gem fusions Opal, voiced by Aimee Mann, and Sugilite, voiced by Nicki Minaj. Watch below (via Stereogum).
Beck photo by Matt Lief Anderson
Last night, during his concert at the Providence Performing Arts Center, Beck was joined by a very special guest: Jack White. The two performed "Loser", "Pay No Mind", and finished with "Where It's At". For that last track, the two men were also accompanied by Sean Lennon on tambourine. Watch footage from the set below via The Future Heart.
Azealia Banks has shared her first new track since she parted ways with her label Universal. In "Heavy Metal and Reflective", which just leaked, she references "Billie Jean" and Tamagotchis, among other things. The single is out officially tomorrow via a label called Azealia Banks Records. Listen above.
Here's what she tweeted about the track:
oy!! "HEAVY METAL AND REFLECTIVE" LEAKED! It's okay because y'all need that new new anyway! Go find it and start shaking ya ass!!!— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 27, 2014
"It's some sex shit, I be wit that Betty w/ that bubble n them breasts', I be lookin very jiggle jello n them dresses"— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 27, 2014
"I BE WITH THAT PEDI IN THAT PUDDLE REMINISCING - I BE WITH THAT!!!"— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 27, 2014
"I BE IN OSAKA WITH THAT PAPA, TOOK THAT BEST TRIP, BUY ME TAMAGOTCHI, SIPPIN SAKI AND MOETS' - I COULD GET THAT!!!!"— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 27, 2014
Musician Sentenced to Prison For Defrauding Investors With Fake Album Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire
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Kasey Anderson is a musician who, between 2009 and 2011, obtained nearly $600,000 from 30 investors for a benefit compilation to support the West Memphis Three. The album, titled Trapped Like a Ghost, was set to feature Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Lady Gaga, and others. Here's the problem: That album was never being made at all.
Anderson has now been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for the elaborate con, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports (via Stereogum). The singer/songwriter Portland native pleaded guilty to the crime last August.
Here's the list of things Anderson did in order to convince investors that the album was real, via the Seattle P-I:
- He told investors that Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and other artists would be on the album, and that profits would benefit the West Memphis Three Legal Defense Fund.
- He also claimed there would be an associated concert series.
- He impersonated a Seattle tour manager and claimed to have "firm agreements" with Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, and Johnny Depp.
- He told investors that a collaboration between Springsteen and Lady Gaga was forthcoming. When it didn't surface, he told them that Springsteen agreed to pay $1 million for the delay.
- He played investors two older Springsteen songs—"Blood Brothers" (1996) and "Don't Back Down" (an outtake from the Born in the U.S.A. sessions)—and told them they were new collaborations with Arcade Fire.
- He forged an email from the wife of one of the West Memphis defendants blaming Springsteen for delays in monetary assistance.
- He impersonated an entertainment industry attorney.
- He falsified bank records.
Beyond bilking investors for the fake compilation, he also received $90,210 for an album which was already released in 2006...by another artist. He also solicited funding for his own music and reportedly stole from two of his friends. He charged more than $3,000 on one of their credit cards, paying for his own album in order to finance a trip to California.
Currently, Anderson owes $365,580 to investors. He wrote in a letter to the court:
“I lied to myself and others, and believing those lies, I told myself consistently that whatever was going on with me … I could fix it on my own. I convinced myself that it was normal.
“I am a deeply flawed and mentally ill person who made some terrible choices, causing so much emotional and financial damage to others. But I believe I have much to offer my community. …
“I am so sorry for what I've done and want so badly to make it right.”
Kim Gordon, Cat Power, Courtney Love, Yoko Ono, Pussy Riot Support School of Doodle, An Online High School for Girls
Right now, there's a Kickstarter going on right now to help launch a new, free online high school for girls. School of Doodle is a "peer-to-peer, self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls’ imaginations through entertainment, education and community," and several incredible artists have signed on to teach courses and contribute rewards for contributors.
Kim Gordon, Chan Marshall, J.D. Samson of Le Tigre/MEN, Marina Abramović, John Baldessari, and others will be teachers at the School of Doodle, offering live video lectures on various subjects. Others have made original artwork (doodles) for anyone who contributes $50 or more, including Courtney Love, Yoko Ono, Pussy Riot, Jenny Holzer, Sia, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Lyonne, and Arianna Huffington.
They quote from Bikini Kill's zine, saying that all "Doodle girls" share the belief "that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will, change the world for real."
Find a video for the Kickstarter campaign below, and find more information about the school here.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Paul's Boutique, the Beastie Boys' adored sophomore LP. Nowadays, the corner of Rivington and Ludlow in New York City hardly resembles the snapshot immortalized on the album's cover art – but that's all set to change beginning tomorrow. According to Rolling Stone, the current owner of the Manhattan storefront on the album cover has agreed to showcase a mural paying tribute to the Beasties album.
Artist Danielle Mastrion has been tapped to paint the iconic tableau, which will grace the outside wall of Wolfnights (a sandwich shop currently occupying the space where the cover's Lee's Sportswear once stood), Rolling Stone reports. She will begin working at 11 A.M. Eastern.
LeRoy McCarthy – an admirer of the rap group who previously and unsuccessfully petitioned the local community board to co-name the intersection Beastie Boys Square – spearheaded the mural, according to Brokelyn.
On July 29, the Detroit Tigers will host the Chicago White Sox for the first game in a three-game series. Today, Motor City native Jack White announced via his Twitter that he'll be throwing the first pitch. What's more, he's bringing Third Man's Rolling Record Store with him, so fans can get grab 45s to go along with those pretzels and beer. Hopefully, White will be able to top 50 Cent's infamous first pitch - or, at the very least, the bad time he appeared to having at the ballpark the other day.
Watch White's video for "Lazaretto":
Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, Test Dept, More Feature in New Industrial Music Documentary
Test Dept: "Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay" Mix on SoundCloud.
A new film on the history of industrial music and its surrounding subculture will be released later this year. Currently in post-production, it's called Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay and directed by Amélie Ravalec (Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno) and Travis Collins.
The film features interviews with industrial pioneers including Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept, Clock DVA, V. Vale of RE/Search, Z'EV, Click Click, Sordide Sentimental, Hula, In the Nursery, Winterkälte / Hands Production, The Klinik/Dive, Ant Zen, Orphx, and Prima Linea.
To promote the film, Paul Jamrozy of British group Test Dept has shared a mix featuring Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, DAF, Thomas Leer, Einstürzende Neubauten, and more. Listen above.
Watch the trailer:
DOOM and Bishop Nehru's collaborative album under the name NehruvianDOOM is finally coming out. It will be called NehruvianDOOM, and it's due out September 22 in the UK and September 23 in the U.S. via Lex. That's the album cover up there, designed by Ghost Shrimp.
After releasing the video for "Darkness" a couple of weeks ago, they've also shared another new track, "Om". It features rapping from DOOM in addition to Bishop Nehru. Listen below.
NehruvianDOOM:01 Intro 02 Om 03 Mean the Most 04 So Alone 05 Coming For You 06 Darkness (HBU) 07 Caskets 08 Great Things 09 Disastrous
Watch NehruvianDOOM's video for "Darkness":
Chance the Rapper Working With James Blake, Jessie Ware, J. Cole, Wyclef, Teases "I Am Very Very Lonely" Video
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In an interview with DJ Semtex on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show, Chance the Rapper revealed he's been in the studio with Jessie Ware, Wyclef, Boys Noize, and J. Cole, in addition to previously announced collaborator James Blake, among others. "I'm soaking in their energy," he said. "These are seasoned, awesome, eclectic artists who know a lot that I don't know. Just working with them and getting to see their process and getting to share ideas is making me a lot better." You can listen to his interview above, via NME.
Chance also told Semtex that, following his set at Lollapalooza on August 3, "I'll probably take a break from doing live shows actually for awhile afterwards." He added that Lollapalooza will be the "first and last live webstream" he'll ever participate in.
In other Chance news, he also recently shared a one-minute teaser for the video for his track "I Am Very Very Lonely". Directed by Chance and Austin Vesely, it features two silhouettes grinding on each other. Watch it below.
Revisit our interview with Chance.