- Dum Dum Girls released a flowery new video for their song “Lord Knows” from the End of Daze album. In the video, Dee Dee, who came into our studios for an acoustic set a few weeks back, rocks a serious witch vibe. Kids these days. On another note, Dee Dee sent out an email to fans that she will start creating Spotify mixes! To suggest themes email email@example.com with the subject “mix me”. (via Rookie, Pitchfork)
- Amanda Palmer decided to pay the crowdsourced musicians! In a long post on her blog she said, “I’ve spent the past week thinking hard about this, listening to what everyone was saying and discussing. i hear you. i see your points. me and my band have discussed it at length. and we have decided we should pay all of our guest musicians.” The most fascinating thing about this blog post: her constant use of the word “kerfuffle.”
- Flying Lotus‘ new album, Until the Quiet Comes, is streaming at NPR! The LA electronic god has created yet another bountiful album of oscillations between extremes, letting you go then suddenly pulling you back with a thumping bass line. Erkya Badu, who will be at Decibel Festival this weekend, and Thom Yorke both make guest appearances on the album.
- Tegan and Sara, who were in-studio just yesterday, released their new synthy pop single, “Closer.” The two tiny ladies (seriously they are so little) will set out on tour with Black Keys during October and the Killers for November December. (via Rolling Stone)
- Fiona Apple got a letter back from her new-found lover in Texas - the police department, that is. Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming pointed out that Snoop, Willie Nelson, and actor Armand Hammer had also been arrested there. Read the rest over at Pitchfork.
- Last but not least, the prolific Frank Ocean released a new track, called “Blue Whale” via his Tumblr. Here’s the video for “Pyramids” that came out last week - nsfw but incredibly beautiful. John Mayer makes an appearance in the video, in a moment of skizo-guitar riff revelation for the lost and glaze-eyed Ocean.