Venture capital firm KPC&B follows Ashton Kutcher’s lead and gives massive amount to SoundCloud

Venture capital firm KPC&B follows Ashton Kutcher's lead and gives massive amount to SoundCloud

[Really thick visualization of a waveform playing an audio sample of a bunch of German people cheering and clapping]!

Why all the celebrating, you ask? Well, Billboard is reporting that Berlin-based SoundCloud, the widget of choice for many a music blogger, has just secured a new round of funding from everyone’s favorite venture capital behemoth, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The bros at KPC&B got wind of Ashton Kutcher’s interest in the site after his A-Grade Fund dropped an “undisclosed amount” onto the project and have since stepped up to the table with a cool $50 million of their own, bringing the internet venture’s valuation up to an estimated $200 million.

More than hopping on the Kutcher bandwagon, though, KPC&B were also pretty interested in the sound site’s growth to 5 million registered users since sound designer Alex Ljung and artist Eric Wahlforss launched it in August 2007. For the uninitiated, the site offers a range of services that help users record and/or upload music into a sound-based social media network. Sounds produced or included in a user’s profile can then be shared across other sites and social media properties. Additional storage space and customization are available to users who pay a yearly fee for their accounts.

KPC&B have a history of investing in internet startups that leave most of us scratching our heads as to how they actually make money, like the massively overvalued Groupon and free mobile apps like Shazam and Flipboard. What will the future hold, now that SoundCloud is on its way to an inevitable multi-billion dollar IPO? Only the future will tell, but if Ashton Kutcher’s involved, you know it’ll probably be annoyingly successful.

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At The Drive-In got back together the other day, but we didn’t really rush to report it because, you know, meh…

Dude, look out, you’re having an ACID FLASHBACK! It’s so trippy. It’s this past Sunday night, and you’re just checking Facebook on your iPhone because the Food Network Celebrity Cook-off went to commercial. Everything’s fucking melting. Nicole is three months pregnant with her third(!) kid and posting pix of her stomach in profile like crazy. Joe and Jim and a dozen other people are talking about something called a Tebow a LOT… and, what’s this? At The Drive-In have announced that they’re getting back together after 11 years! Holy shit, magical colors galore!

You follow some goon’s (whose taste in music you’ve never really respected) hyperlink over to the band’s website, where it says “Attention! To whom it may concern: At The Drive-In will be breaking their 11 year silence. This station is… now… operational.” Crazy shit. You don’t know what to think. This can’t be real. There’s a Twitter for you to follow, a little video that does nothing, and even a few dates listed for Coachella appearances! There’s no further info than that, really, but everything’s spinning and starting to turn kind of dark on you. Uh oh.

“Shit, I haven’t listened to ATDI in like 10 years!” you think. You’re sweating; you’re losing your balance. “I listen to fucking ambient now… I have a six-month-old baby boy.” Thoughts flicker; the walls are gushing fucking blood and guts and you’re drowning in a pool of musical taste-conflated-with-life-responsibility. Suddenly, your college freshman self appears from a dark doorway with the head of an anteater and runs you through with one of those Kill Bill swords. You close your eyes, but all you can see and hear is the One Armed Scissor video. Fuck. Is this music even cool? Are you even excited? Should you be? There are no answers as you bleed to death on your living room couch.

04.15.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04.22.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

• At The Drive-In:

Coachella wheels out 2012 lineup #holyshit #likesoexcited #page11of366

On Monday night, my Facebook news feed exploded with assorted variations of “OMG COACHELLA!!!!!! I WANNA GO SOOOOO BAD!!!” I have a couple of questions for all of these over-excited whippersnappers. What the hell are you going to do when the schedule comes out and you discover that Jeff Mangum and Andrew Bird are playing at the same time? Or what if Radiohead cancels because Thom Yorke decides to jet off to the moon? They don’t say “lineup subject to change” for no reason, you know. Of course, that’s all assuming you manage to snag tickets on Friday morning. Good luck.

Coachella takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on April 13-15 and again on April 20-22. Yeah, two weekends. Oh, and you can peruse the full lineup here.

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Jeff Mangum adds West Coast tourdates to dat azz

hi, my name is terry, i got one extra ticket to the jeff magnum show at moore theatre hit me up if interested. willing 2 part with tix for face value or 1/2 price for one (we’d be sitting together then). neutral milk hotel are prob my favorite band along w/ creedence elliott smith and bon iver, the later of which put on the best show of my life last month lol. also into ultimate frisbee, vintage cars, stuff like that. pretty easy going dude who likes to get his folk on in small doses.

so like i said hit me up if you want to go to the seattle show on 4/16. i already got tix for 4/9 and 4/10 in oakland, 4/18 and 4/19 in portland, and 4/14 + 4/20 at coachella (so killer) but my sis got dibs on those so i really just need seattle covered. get at me will have fun peace ~terry~

Updated Tourdates:

01.18.12 - New Haven, CT - Shubert Theater
01.19.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Gilman Opera House
01.20.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Gilman Opera House
01.21.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Gilman Opera House
01.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Irvine Auditorium
01.27.12 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
01.28.12 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
01.30.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Memorial Hall
02.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
02.04.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
02.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Anthenaeum Theater
02.07.12 - Chicago, IL - Anthenaeum Theater
02.08.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
02.10.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
02.11.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.07.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03.09-11.12 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
03.13.12 - London, UK - Union Chapel
03.14.12 - London, UK - Union Chapel
04.09.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.10.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04.16.12 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
04.18.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
04.19.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
05.30.12-06.03.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.07-10.12 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound

• Jeff Mangum:

Arrington de Dionyso and Larkin Grimm tour West Coast, possibly in your living room? (go check)

Spending January on the West Coast? Tired of traditional love songs sung in boring old English? Well then you’re in for a treat, as the one and only Arrington de Dionyso will be traversing up and down the Western seaboard (with a few early stops in Arizona) to bring his personal brand of indigenous-inspired Indonesian love ballads to a venue that you’ll need to ask a 19-year-old for directions to.

Dionyso recently visited the world’s largest Muslim nation, and this round of performances is said to be inspired by that experience. It should be interesting to see how Arrington’s live show presents itself following the visit, seeing as his 2011 album Suara Naga (#39 on TMT’s Favorite 50 Albums of 2011) was reportedly written as a declaration of love to a woman living in Indonesia, for whom Arrington went out of his way to learn the native tongue. Sure, anyone could pick up Indonesian in a few hours, but still, he must really like her.

Joining Arrington on some of the dates is his backing band, Malaikat dan Singa, while on others, he’ll be sharing the bill with ethereal (and sometimes spooky!) songstress Larkin Grimm. Grimm will be playing tunes from her forthcoming release, Soul Retrieval, due in February. If you can find the improvised art space that they’ll be playing on any given night this month, you’re surely in for a good time.


01.10.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Funny World (House Show) #
01.11.12 - Tucson, AZ - La Cocina #
01.12.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Public Fiction Gallery
01.13.12 - San Francisco, CA - Film Night at Vortex Room %
01.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
01.15.12 - Arcata, CA - The Bat Cave (House Show)
01.16.12 - Salem, OR - TBA or House Show
01.17.12 - Lecture at Evergreen State College
01.19.12 - Olympia, CA - TBA
01.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Cairo
01.21.12 - Portland, OR - Project Grow #
01.22.12 - Ferndale, CA - TBA
01.24.12 - Sacramento, CA - Bows and Arrows Collective
01.25.12 - Oakland, CA - TBA
01.26.12 - San Luis Obispo - The Crossroads
01.27.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Biko Collective
01.28.12 - Irvine, CA - UC Irvine
01.29.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell

# with Malaikat dan Singa
% Arrington de Dionyso only

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Justin Vernon starts a record label, is following me on Twitter for some reason

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has struck out into the popular and profitable world of entrepreneurship and started his own record label, Chigliak, an imprint of Jagjaguwar. The name is a reference to Northern Exposure (Vernon loves Northern Exposure). In a 2010 interview with Pitchfork, Vernon said of the label, “It’s like a ‘lost records’ thing … totally unsigned shit that never went anywhere but is incredible.” The label’s first release will be a re-issue of a record by Wisconsin electro-pop band Amateur Love, with following releases from 12 Rods and Sarah Siskind.

In related news, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon is following this writer on the popular social networking website, Twitter. This is perhaps because he simply enjoys reading updates that include both the words “boner” and “metaphysical,” but it is also possible that he takes spiritual guidance from my wizened quips. It is possible, even, that this entire record label venture began in reaction to a recent tweet of mine. In any case, I wish Mr. Vernon the best of luck with his collection of baffling obscurities.

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