Thursday Music News

  • Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard is the latest target of the Westboro Baptist Church, a noted hate group who plans to protest an upcoming Death Cab show in Kansas. Gibbard recently got involved with Music for Marriage Equality, appearing in a video expressing his support for Referendum 74, which if upheld would make Washington the first state in the nation to defend marriage equality with a public vote. Other local musicians, including P-Smoov of Mad Rad and Fresh Espresso, Macklemore, Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces, and The Cave Singers have also made videos expressing their support. Check out an interview with Gibbard discussing the hate group and his support for gay marriage over at the A.V. Club. and for more information on Music for Marriage Equality and how to get involved head to their website. Hate sucks, love rocks.
  • Indie-rock supergroup and giant internet tease Divine Fits have released yet another video trailer for their band. The latest video, directed by Alexa Gerrity, who also directed the first trailer, features what appears to be a person covered in tin foil standing in front of an industrial fan while a spooky still unreleased track plays briefly in the background. Divine Fits, which includes Britt Daniels of Spoon and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, recently announced their album A Thing Called Divine Fits would be released on August 28 via Merge Records. For more information head over to Prefix, and be sure to check out the latest teaser below:

  • After the fine folks over at Burger Records discovered a badly injured kitten trapped on the freeway running under cars and valiantly took her to a local vet they discovered she needed expensive surgery in order to survive. In order to raise enough money, they released a compilation tape of 50 previously unreleased songs titled The Kitty Comp. The two-tape compilation features music from Crystal Antlers, Sea Lions, Ryan Adams, and many more, with all profits going towards the kitten’s surgery or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For more information head over to Burger Records.
  • Rapper and rising star Frank Ocean made a powerful statement about his sexuality late Tuesday night after posting what was initially intended to be the liner notes for his upcoming album Channel Orange. The statement, published as a screenshot of a TextEdit window on his Tumblr, tells the story of how he fell in love with a man at the age of 19 and the emotional aftermath of that first love. Ocean has since received an outpouring of support from fans and artists alike on the internet, including tweets from Waka Flocka, A-TRAK, as well as his Odd Future companion Tyler the Creator. For more information, head over to Stereogum, and view Ocean’s original post here.
  • A Kickstarter has been started to fund Are We Not Men?, a documentary produced in cooperation with DEVO about the history of the notoriously private band. The documentary is said to feature archival footage and home movies as well as interviews from Iggy Pop and drummer Josh Freese. For more information, head over to the documentary’s Kickstarter, which has already raised over half their goal, and be sure to check out the trailer below:

  • And in other news, Big Boi has proclaimed himself “the Sock King,” and has announced that, in addition to the much anticipated followup to his 2010 album Sir Luscious Left Foot, he will also release a line of socks. For more information on his self-proclaimed majesty’s latest venture, head over to Pitchfork.
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