Death Grips post Epic Records infringement letter on Facebook, get their asses FIRED for it, Future-Marty McFly-style

Death Grips post Epic Records infringement letter on Facebook, get their asses FIRED for it, Future-Marty McFly-style

Ugh. Okay, Here’s the deal: I guess too many people must have stopped talking about Death Grips for a little while following the early release of NO LOVE DEEP WEB (TMT Review), so the band posted their letters of infringement that Epic sent them publicly on their Facebook page, according to Pitchfork.

Yup. Story checks out. Here they are. Look at them if you want to. Controversy, edginess, etc.

P.S. Their Twitter account is gone, I guess. Pitchfork says that the band confirmed deleting it themselves. Okay, NOW that’s definitely all there is to this story, right? Penises and middle fingers to you all! Byyyyyyyye! <3 <3 <3

P.P.S. Wait, WHAT? In that same link I just posted, Pitchfork says that Epic Records is officially dropping them now, stating “When marketing and publicity stunts trump the actual music, we must remind ourselves of our core values” and “to that end, effective immediately, we are working to dissolve our relationship with Death Grips”?!? Ugh, you know, I didn’t even notice that the first time. Oh well.

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Grimes cancels European tour; get well soon, boo

Today in tour cancellation news, synth-strapped Montrealian (Montrealite?) water pixie Grimes has sadly canceled her entire European tour. Several weeks ago, the otherwordly Ms. Claire Boucher was forced to cancel her remaining Canadian dates due to health concerns about serious hearing issues. She explained the decision via Twitter, (the social networking site of record, a sort of NY Times for photos of cats eating hamburgers, if you will), “it’s depressing to cancel more shows, but we have to cancel all Grimes dates in Europe due to health issues :(.”

But there may still be a chance, dear European Grimes fans, that that little sad face emoticon’s frown will be turned upside down. Ms. Boucher added, “I will be updating shortly about which shows will be rescheduled.” So far, Grimes’ Twitter feed has remained silent about this subject, although her views on Taylor Swift have been expressed. (Spoiler alert: she’s pro-Swift.)

11.13.12 - Bristol, UK - Motion
11.15.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux Club
11.17.12 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
11.18.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - Abart
11.20.12 - Munich, Germany - Kong
11.21.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
11.22.12 - Warsaw, Poland - 1500m2
11.23.12 - Riga, Latvia - Paladium
11.24.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
11.26.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
11.28.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie (Botanique)
11.29.12 - Köln, Germany - Gebäude 9
11.30.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
12.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko Le Guess Who Festival

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[Photo: Ben Statham]

Hot Water Music announce first headlining tour in a looong time, while I cry tears of high school regret

Personal story time, everyone. When I was in high school, Gainesville post-hardcore mainstays Hot Water Music were somewhere along the lines of my favorite band in the world. In February of 2005, they played a show in New Orleans opening for Flogging Molly. Even though I did not care for Flogging Molly, I wanted to go to that show so very badly. But I could not! Because, see, it was an 18+ show and I turned 18 one month later. Then Hot Water Music more or less broke up later that year. Oh, the bitter tears, I did cry. Also, Interpol were playing the same night and I couldn’t go to that show either, because it was also 18+. Now you know more about me than you did before.

Finally, I’ll have the chance to fix my past mistakes! My mistake, which was… being born too late? I don’t know. As Consequence of Sound reports, the reformed Hot Water Music are going on their first headlining tour in eight years. Eight years! As in, before that fateful show that remains stuck in my memory! Gasp! They’re playing a pretty extensive tour that takes them from their home state of Florida all the way to Seattle, basically the furthest you can get from Florida in the contiguous United States. Sadly, they are not playing Austin, so I will not actually be able to get satisfaction for my teenage pain. But they actually just played here and I didn’t go, so I guess that’s my bad.


01.16.13 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
01.17.13 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre
01.18.13 - Gainesville, FL - Florida Theatre
01.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
01.20.13 - Charlotte, NC - Amo’s Southend
01.22.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.23.13 - Providence, RI - The Met
01.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
01.25.13 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
01.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
01.28.13 - Montreal, QC - Olympia
01.29.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
01.30.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
01.31.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
02.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
02.02.13 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
02.03.13 - Denver, CO - Summit
02.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
02.06.13- Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
02.07.13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
02.08.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
02.09.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue
02.10.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox

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Loren Connors and Bill Orcutt smack each other with sound on new NATCH 8 collaboration

In Internet parlance, allow me to present you with some breaking news: prolific collaborator gon’ continue prolifically collaborating. Said prolific collaborator — experimental/blues guitarist Loren Connors — has released more than 50 albums over 30+ years, and a good portion of those releases have been joint efforts, with accomplished musicians like Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, John Fahey, Keijii Haino, and Alan Licht each taking their turn standing (or possibly sitting) alongside — in fact, we just posted a story about his latest collab (with life partner Suzanne Langille) two days ago. Obviously, the only question now is, who’s next? No, not “who’s next?” in the horror movie, psycho-killer sense of the question, but what’s the next Connors collaboration that our ears have to, er… hear forward to?

The obvious choice, in this case, has the luxury of also being the correct one. The orgasmically noisy improvisational guitarist Bill Orcutt has been building his solo chops over the past few years, but on August 30, he and Connors got together at Georgia — a multimedia studio in NYC — and recorded NATCH 8, an edition (all signs point to the last) of the collaborative series presented by the now unfortunately closed Black Dirt Studio. At the time of writing, NATCH 8 hasn’t been uploaded yet, but that should happen any day now. Keep an eye on this site, where you’ll be able to download/stream it, as well all previous NATCH editions, free of charge. And for the color-appreciative, check out the preview video below.

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Pandora spooked as Apple looks to enter the digital radio market

Pandora sure was relieved last week when the major announcement Apple made to the public was about the new iPad mini, and not about their rumored entrance into the realm of digital radio. Apple has apparently been in talks with the major labels to sort out revenue deals in preparation for rolling out a new radio service in the vein of Pandora sometime early in 2013. Bloomberg is reporting that the new Apple radio service will be uniquely Apple-like in the following ways:

• App-based, vs. web-based
• License holders will get a share of advertising revenues in addition to an up-front fee for usage, and will be able to insert their own artist-promoting ads into Apple radio ad spaces (similar to what you see on Spotify)
• Advertising will direct users to iTunes for music purchases
• Songs heard on Apple commercials will be played once an hour on all stations and playlists, regardless of if they are genre-relevant

Even though the service is still on the horizon, things aren’t looking great for Pandora. Their share price fell 17% after initial news of the Apple-radio venture broke (also by Bloomberg News), and only increased a tiny bit after the lackluster October 23 announcements from Apple. Even though Apple is making the move into radio primarily to increase advertising revenues on mobile platforms — a tricky spot on the current marketing landscape — this could still be the kind of seismic event that leaves lesser players devastated in its wake. Everyone knows a slew of people who are Apple fanatics, but you’d probably be hard-pressed to find anyone who is as in love with their Pandora subscription as they are with their iPhone.

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RIP: Joel Burrows of The Thermals and The Minders

From The Portland Mercury (via Pitchfork):

Following the report of Portland musician Blake Mackey’s death, I have more unfortunate news to report. Today seems to be an unspeakably sad day for Portland music.

Joel Burrows, longtime local musician and fixture of the Portland music scene, has passed away. Burrows performed with many Portland bands and was a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing drums for the Minders and guitar in the Thermals, among his contributions for many other bands. In early 2011, Burrows was struck by a van as he crossed the street and suffered a serious head injury. He spent following months in the ICU and fought valiantly for his life. Burrows made substantial progress and was able to leave the hospital to live in an assisted living facility for people with brain injuries. […] I learned today that Burrows has passed away; he fought bravely for his life for many months and made unforgettable contributions to Portland music. Condolences to his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

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