Friday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • As Amanda Palmer found out and, now Animal Collective’s Deacon is discovering, crowd-sourced fundraising ain’t as easy as it seems. In late 2009, Deacon, aka Josh Dibb, visited Mali, met with supporters of the anti-slavery movement and was invited to perform the Festival in the Desert. Inspired to apply his creative energies toward supporting the region, Deacon set up a his Kickstarter campaign to raise money by offering a book and CD of new music to donors, but after three years later and $25,000 collected, he has yet to offer new music to fans and supporters, much to their chagrin. In an interview with Pitchfork, Deacon explains, “Whether or not people can be sympathetic to this or not, it’s just been a much slower process to do things on my own than with the band.”
  • Ty Segall has released a video teaser in anticipation of his third album this year, Twins, due out October 9. The video, which features footage from a lot of really really bad movies is accompanied by fuzzed out garage rock snippets from the album that aren’t quite long enough to actually appreciate, or distract you from scenes from White Chicks. Check out the teaser below, and don’t miss Ty Segall when he rolls through town in December.

  • Interpol has announced the release of a fully-remastered deluxe edition of their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights to celebrate the album’s 10th anniversary. The album comes complete with a book of previously unreleased photos as well as concert footage from the NYC band. For more information head over to Pitchfork.
  • With their highly-anticipated album Mumps, etc. due out early next month Cincinnati alt-rock Why? has released the music video for their track “Strawberries,” featuring their lovable lead singer Yoni leading an eccentric gang through on a late summer parade. Check out the video below:

  • Ambient music godfather and producer Brian Eno has released yet another iPhone application designed to make some funky sounding noises. The app, titled Scape, allows you to make pictures that in turn make sounds, or in other words “create the basis for atmospheric compositional pieces of music by designing pictures that generate the sounds. A range of background images deliver constant drones, while different melodic and percussive foreground elements round out the sound. Colors and positions change the moods, but what’s really innovative is the way the elements interact, leading to entirely unique compositions every time.” For more information head over to Consequence of Sound, and check out a demo of the app below:

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