Thursday News Threads

Jim Bennett

  • M. Ward, who recently performed live on KEXP down in Austin during SXSW, has announced new tour dates and, as if to add icing to the cake, unveiled a new video for his version of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” is the second single on his new album Hold Time. The tour starts at Coachella this weekend and Sasquatch-goers will get to see him in May. Get more dates here.

  • Would you believe it, Michael Jackson is in the news again. This time, Jackson called for and then put a stop to an auction of thousands of items from his collection, including the famous studded glove. Selling out 50 London concerts in four hours would likely cause anybody to reconsider hawking all their prized possessions. CNN has the skinny.
  • Earlier this week, The Streets‘ frontman Mike Skinner vowed to reveal three new tracks in as many days via his Twitter page. Tuesday, Skinner started making good on that promise with new song, I Love My Phone. And he just released “Trust Me,” which you can download now. Follow him on Twitter tomorrow to see if he makes it back from the pub to launch another one.


Phil Spector

  • On Monday, Phil Spector was found guilty of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The iconic producer, famous for his Wall of Sound, is to receive at least 18 years, and possibly life, for committing the crime.
  • The lineup for this year’s Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco has been released. In addition to recent festival mainstays, this year’s lineup boasts headliners Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and Beastie Boys. Also on the bill is the new Jack White project, The Dead Weather. Though it appears worth the trip already, more artists are yet to be announced.
  • Jamie Foxx verbally attacks...Miley Cyrus? While I have no interest in the occurrence itself, some of the things Foxx and company dished out on his Sirius radio show are too over the top and hilarious not to mention. Check out the clip below and know that yes, he has already publicly apologized to the 16-year-old Cyrus.

  • The Free Music Archive, a forum for thousands of legally licensed MP3s, and curated by the likes of KEXP, WFMU and others, is now online in Beta form. The collection is already quite large and growing every day. Go log in, upload a picture -- you know the drill.
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One Comment

  1. Andrew
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Just wondering if the LAME encoder can be utilized to import / purchase tunes from the iTunes store?

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