Thursday News Threads

  • World’s Fair, the music label and service group that released many bands heard on KEXP including Pela, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Curumin, Buraka Som Sistema, The Dandy Warhol’s and many others, has very quickly closed shop. The group’s website is still up and running and in fact is currently promoting the latest from Lyrics Born. Billboard has confirmed the closure, but there’s no word yet on the future of labels like Daptone, Nat Geo, and Quannum, which were part of the group.

Lyrics Born – (MP3)

  • While immediate implications are unknown, it appears that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has gone off the deep end a bit. Rumors are circulating that the other band members are refusing to perform again until he gets sober, especially after a drunken fall from a stage left him with a broken shoulder, 20 stitches in his head, and a canceled tour. But, really? Steven Tyler sober? Dream on!
  • Elvis Costello‘s TV Show, Spectacle, will be released via digital download, Blu-Ray, and DVD on November 3rd. A vast range of guests came on in its first season to talk about music and frequently perform, including Jenny Lewis, Lou Reed, Sir Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Herbie Hancock, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), The Police, John Mellencamp, James Taylor and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • Local label Sub Pop has made the title track from the upcoming No Age release, Losing Feeling, available for download.

No Age – Losing Feeling (MP3)

  • Jay-Z took a jab at Bill O’Reilly on his new single and this video shows Mr. O’Reilly’s borderline culturally-ignorant response: “Hmm, a regular Otis Redding, isn’t he?”
  • You may remember the hip hop classic “Roxanne’s Revenge.” If not from its 1984 release, then from VH1’s countdown of the 100 greatest hip hop songs ever (or other similar lists.) Well, revenge is sweet. Roxanne Shanté signed a record deal as a 14-year-old with Warner Music Group that included a clause that they would pay for all her education for life. After never receiving a penny from royalties after selling hundreds of thousands of albums, Shanté recently received a Ph.D from Cornell on $217,000 of WMG’s money. Congratulations, Doctor!
  • Karen O, lead singer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has released a single from her first “solo” record, which will act as the soundtrack to Spike Jonze’s new movie, Where The Wild Things Are. Besides her regular bandmates, she’s also working with Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Queens Of The Stone Age’s Dean Fertita, and Aaron Hemphill from Liars. The single “All Is Love” became available digitally on Tuesday prior to the full album release on September 29th and can be heard here.

  • Chris Brown was formally sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna. He received five years probation, 180 days of community labor, and a year-long domestic violence counseling program as his sentence.
  • Ellie Greenwich, the songwriter responsible for an incredible string of hits in the 1960s including “Be My Baby,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Chapel of Love,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Then He Kissed Me” and “Da Doo Ron Ron,” has passed away at the age of 68.
  • Fall Out Boy‘s lead singer/guitarist, Patrick Stump, was arrested Tuesday night on an old warrant for driving without a license. Maybe it will make good songwriting fodder.
  • Wanted to check out a music festival this year but were running low on funds? YouTube solves yet another of your problems! Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival will be streaming this year’s performances free of charge between Friday, August 28th, and Sunday, August 30th. It will feature a wide range of artists including headliners Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, Tenacious D, Jason Mraz, and Thievery Corporation, but also The Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups, Raphael Saadiq, Cage the Elephant, Atmosphere, Akron/Family, Deerhunter, John Vanderslice, and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, among many others.
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