Thursday News Threads

Krissi Pearson

Krissi Pearson

  • Cloud Cult will release a career-spanning documentary in April, titled No One Said It Would Be Easy, which will coincide with a US tour. Anyone who’s seen them in concert might feel like they know them already, but this release promises the full story. Check out the trailer:

  • Amy Winehouse has been pulled from the Coachella lineup. While she’s had trouble with visas before, this one is directly related to an assault charge against the singer currently making its way through the London courts. This would be a perfect time for Michael Jackson to step in.
  • A new album of original J Dilla tracks is on the way. The album, due June 2, is titled Jay Stay Paid and will feature production from Dilla’s mother, Ma Dukes. Other personnel on board include mixer/arranger Pete Rock and vocal contributors Black Thought and MF DOOM.
  • YouTube began removing all of it’s premium music videos on Tuesday after a deal fell through with the Performing Rights Society (PRS). PRS was attempting to get a bigger cut for the artists it represents with YouTube refusing to pay many, many factors higher than before. Once again, while two gigantic entities duke it out, the artist loses out.
  • Steve Earle has a special new release on the way. The double-disc set is entirely made up of Townes Van Zandt covers and is cleverly titled Townes. This dedication to the man Earle calls the best songwriter in the whole world will feature appearances by Allison Moorer, Justin Townes Earle and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, to name a few.
  • Much has been said about the loss of sound quality since music went digital. According to a study done by Stanford music professor Jonathan Berger, young people — the primary target of digital music — actually prefer lower quality MP3s over FLAC and other higher quality files.

Peter Doherty

  • Speaking of MP3s, here’s a new one from ex-Libertines and Babyshambles Peter Doherty, whose first solo album, Grace/Wastelands, comes out March 24 on Astralwerks.

    Peter Doherty – New Love Grows on Trees (MP3)
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