Soundcloud suffers server attack; users to Soundcloud: “WTF!?” Soundcloud to users: “we know, srry!”

Soundcloud suffers server attack; users to Soundcloud: "WTF!?" Soundcloud to users: "we know, srry!"

So, the other night, I really REALLY wanted to go onto my DJ buddy Zak’s Soundcloud page and specifically post a comment that this one spot where his newest track breaks out from ambient haze into full-on 4/4 motorik groove was “BUGGINNNNNN!!!!!!!!!” with 10 exclamation points. But when I went to the site, I found that the only thing that was buggin’ was the Soundcloud server! LOL. But seriously, it turned out that the popular sound platform had fallen victim to what our geeky friends at hypebot call a “DDoS attack” (distributed denial-of-service attack), resulting in a service outage that began on Monday. “Fuck,” I thought. “How will Zak ever know that I think that that transition is buggin’?!?!” (I thought of calling him instead, you know? But eh, I really need my kudos to be seen by the rest of the world in order to bother giving them.)

At first, details of the attack were sketchy. “Very sorry for the current downtime,” was all the company could tell its users before noon on monday night. By 8 PM, some parts of the site were back, but others, including its API (that’s “application programming interface,” which is like the stuff that software uses to, you know, do stuff), were still quite pejoratively buggin’. Finally, the next day, Soundcloud confirmed it: “We can confirm that the ongoing service outage that started at 8:40pm last night CET has been a distributed denial-of-service attack.” These DDoS attack things involve “saturating the target machine with external communications requests, so that it can’t handle legitimate traffic,” which then leads to the overloading of that server, followed by the WTF-ing of us users who then cannot use it to escape the harsh reality that our lives are boring and meaningless.

No real word on exactly who was responsible, but as of yesterday, things were starting to slowly improve. “Our attempts at mitigating was successful and we’re now stabilizing,” the company said yesterday. “We might experience some intermittent hiccups, transcoding delays and unavailable players but it looks like we’re on track on getting back to full capacity.” Fittingly enough, Alex, one of the Soundcloud founders, posted an audio message about the incident to his Soundcloud page. Man, look at all those comments! That track must be really buggin’.

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Frank Ocean steps out of the warm womb of Odd Future for first solo dates

Rap collective Odd Future inspire a lot of vigorous debate, but everyone can agree on one thing: Frank Ocean is probably the group’s suavest member. Unless there’s something about that Taco guy that I don’t know, Frank Ocean’s smooth, self-loathing R&B stands out a bit from the rest of those Odd Future kids. Yet, he clearly feels pretty comfortable with them, as he hasn’t stepped out of their sticky, angry womb for any solo shows. Consider him stepping out now: Frank Ocean has a trio of solo dates scheduled for November.

New Orleans! New York! Los Angeles! If you hate those cities, you will not end up seeing Frank Ocean by himself. At least, that’s how it seems for now. Ocean plans on announcing further dates in the future, but that information does not exist yet. Only Frank Ocean and those that can occupy Frank Ocean’s brain know that information. Please stop occupying his brain, though, as that is very rude.

Odd Future will also be going on a lot more than three dates over the next couple of months. Mr. Ocean may or may not show up at these dates, but he has not confirmed anything. That said, there are particular dates Ocean will definitely not be at, unless he can, say, be in New York and Austin at the same time. If he can, he should not, because that is also very rude.

Frank Ocean dates:

11.05.11 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11.06.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater

Odd Future dates:

10.07.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
10.08.11 - Border, CO - Fox Theater
10.09.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10.11.11 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
10.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.15.11 - Cincinnati, IL - Bogarts
10.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10.18.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10.19.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.21.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.22.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.24.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10.27.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
10.30.11 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Experience
10.31.11 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore
11.02.11 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor
11.03.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
11.06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.08.11 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

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Satanized tour in support of Technical Virginity; hide your daughters

Satanized are about to embark on a US tour to promote their new SKiN GRAFT Records release Technical Virginity. If you’re a ‘technical’ (or real) virgin, be forewarned — according to eyewitness accounts, audience members have been known to defecate, bleed from various orifices, and spontaneously combust in response to the all-out assault of the Satanized experience, and one assumes this bodily response could extend to one’s genitalia.

Born on June 6, 2006, Satanized emerged from the sixth circle of hell (Philadelphia) to rain down on the ears of noise-rock enthusiasts across all lands. Five years and five months later (coincidence?), their next journey begins. Suspiciously, the tour ends the day before Halloween… will Santanized return forevermore to the ghouly depths on All Hallow’s Eve? If so, make sure and catch them before it’s too late….

10.08.11 - Allentown, PA - Secret Art Space
10.09.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Belvedere’s
10.10.11 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
10.11.11 - Columbus, OH - Carabar
10.12.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Mayday
10.13.11 - Lexington, KY - Collexion
10.14.11 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
10.15.11 - Murfreesboro, TN - Meow Manor
10.16.11 - St. Louis, MO - APOP
10.17.11 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
10.18.11 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
10.19.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Kitty Cat Klub
10.20.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarters Rock Palace
10.21.11 - Normal, IL - Magic Waters (5 PM matinee show)
10.22.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.23.11 - Indianapolis, IN - TBA
10.24.11 - Kalamazoo, MI - Village Castle
10.25.11 - London, Ontario - TBA
10.26.11 - Toronto, ON - The Boat
10.27.11 - Montreal, QC - TBA
10.28.11 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College
10.29.11 - Providence, RI - Castlevania
10.30.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly

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RIP: Daisy DeBolt of psych-folk duo Fraser & DeBolt

From Daisy DeBolt’s official website:

Friends and fans of Daisy DeBolt will be saddened to hear that she passed away October 4, 2011 after a very brief illness. More to be announced here later.

The talent of Daisy DeBolt is the exuberant synthesis of family, musical and creative influences and is also a contributing force in the evolution of contemporary music. Her energy, humour and power as a vocalist have been affecting audiences since the 1960’s and prompted critic Peter Goddard to write: “Her music doesn’t showcase its roots, it contributes to them.”

• Daisy DeBolt:

Jon Brion to produce Best Coast full-length in a snobs v. slobs showdown for the ages

Jon Brion is an acclaimed composer. He is well-known for his scores in films like Magnolia and I ♥ Huckabees. Brion is also a producer of note, lending his talents — and a touch of class — to efforts by Kanye West, Fiona Apple, and of Montreal, among others.

Bethany Cosentino is the songwriter behind Best Coast and a former member of Pocahaunted. Many of her songs are about boys or weed or hamburgers. She likes Nathan Williams and her cat. Some would call her music chillwave.

What would happen if these two seemingly opposing forces were to meet? UH OH! Queue “Walking on Sunshine.”

As reported by We All Want Someone To Shout For (whose story was picked up by Pitchfork whose story was picked up by us), Best Coast have posted on their Facebook page that Jon Brion will be producing their forthcoming full-length. Those sessions should begin within a few weeks in LA, where both Brion and Best Coast are based out of. I give it a week before Cosentino smooshes a pie in Brion’s face, a move Brion responds to with only an exasperated stare at an invisible audience.

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The Decemberists to temporarily fill your deep and painful R.E.M. void with new EP

So, the press release announcing this new Decemberists EP thing that’s coming out on November 1 calls this past spring’s The King Is Dead a “breakout LP.” I guess once you get to that third major label release following three full-lengths and a couple of EP-sized independent releases, each of which steadily paved the way for a much-publicized (in the indie world, at least) jump over to Capitol, only then have you finally made it. It’s not like that major label debut of theirs was any good or anything. Yeah, okay, I guess the rock-opera thing that followed it was iffy to most people, but still. Come on.

Sorry, just had to vent there. Anyway, yeah, about that new EP. It’s called Long Live the King, and, you guessed it, it’s billed as “a companion piece” to The King Is Dead. Which… is another way of saying that it’s a bunch of B-sides that weren’t compelling enough for that, you know, pretty Milquetoast-sounding record. Its six songs are taken from the same sessions at Pendarvis Farm and include the Decemberists-trademarked heavy-handed female singers track (“E. Watson”), the proverbial song with horns on it (“Sonnet”), a not-a-huge-stretch cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Row Jimmy,” and a home demo of a song that Kelly Clarkson might have rejected: “I 4 U & U 4 Me.” Pre-order for CD and 10-inch vinyl versions is happening now over at the band’s website and Amazon. It’ll also be available as a digital download from wherever digital downloads are illegally shared.

In other Decemberists news, those same Decemberists that I was just talking about a second ago when I was telling you about The Decemberists will be hitting up the PBS music show Austin City Limits again on October 22 with Americana mainstays Gillian Welch and David Rawlings sitting in to perform their contributions to The King Is Dead. Man, also, how can this king be alive and dead at the same time? Thanks a LOT, Quantum Theory.

Long Live the King tracklisting:

01. E. Watson
02. Foregone
03. Burying Davy
04. I 4 U & U 4 Me
05. Row Jimmy
06. Sonnet

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