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Morrissey Is Miserable for Australian Cats

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Morrissey has spoken out against Australia’s plan to cull two million feral cats by 2020, calling the animals “two million smaller versions of Cecil the lion,” reports the Guardian.

According to Australia’s environment minister, feral cats are responsible for killing an extraordinary number of native species each day, contributing significantly to Australia having the worst mammal extinction rate in the world.

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Song of the Day: “The Less I Know The Better”

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Australian musician Kevin Parker’s band, Tame Impala, is known for blending musical influences like psychedelia and lo-fi, but Parker’s proficiency as a songwriter only adds to his resume. On “The Less I Know The Better,” off the album Currents, a catchy bass line propels Parker’s voice as he sings about his longing for another man’s partner:

She said it’s not now or never
Waiting years we’ll be together
I said better late than never
Just don’t make me wait forever

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This Week in Posivibes: Destroy All Art

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This compilation of 90s DIY punk put out by Rock N’ Roll Parasite is the kind of well-curated survey of a time that we hope all comps will be. The bands on the record aren’t the ones you might think were your underground favorites, to the extent that you might find yourself wondering how good they can be if you hadn’t already heard at least something about them.

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An Ode to Tower Records

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Following a successful debut at SXSW, Colin Hanks’s documentary on the rise and fall of America’s largest record store, All Things Must Pass, has now released its trailer online. The film features interviews with Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, founder Ross Solomon, and former employee Dave Grohl, and traces the company’s journey from its cocaine-fueled, boozy start to the day when its last locations closed in 2006, forty-six years later.

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Grace Jones and Yo La Tengo

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No supergroup rumors here (sadly), but both delivered performances this week that you may have missed. First, Grace Jones killed it at the Afropunk festival, topless, in full body paint, and wielding a hula hoop through the entirety of “Slave to the Rhythm.” A crowd member did us all a favor by catching a short clip of the performance, which you can watch via Dazed Digital.

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The Sustainability of Music Festivals

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As music festivals pile up in the memory of North American summers, the environmental toll of all those plastic water bottles and plastic beer glasses and paper plates covered in chili cheese fry smear unavoidably piles up as well. Some festivals are coming around to their own kind of budget-friendly nods toward sustainability, while others plow ahead through the trash.

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Those Damned Drums

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Positive Force, the activist punk collective that in many ways shaped what it meant to enact a DIY ethos in the US, is the subject of director Robin Bell’s documentary, Positive Force: More Than a Witness. The film begins with the group’s genesis in DC’s “Revolution Summer” of 1985 and spans thirty years of Positive Force’s activism.

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This Week in Posivibes: Don’t Call it a Comeback

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Though after a short year-long reunion (and a 48-year history), we’re officially losing Pink Floyd, this summer has been overrun with bands getting back together! Gregg Allman was joined on stage by Jaimoe and Warren Haynes at Peach Fest, and has recently said there is potential for a full Allman Brothers reunion. 

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Frankie Knuckles Collection Joining Stony Island Arts Bank

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Legendary Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles passed away in March of 2014, leaving behind a legacy as “the Godfather of house music” and a massive vinyl collection to match it. Recently announced, his library will be installed in the new Stony Island Arts Bank, developed by local artist Theaster Gates.

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An Anthem for Black Lives Matter

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Kendrick Lamar has paired with Dr. Dre to make what may be the #BlackLivesMatter anthem we’ve all been waiting for. On Compton, Dre’s controversial soundtrack to the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, the track “Genocide” says in its chorus: “It’s Murder / It’s Murder / Call 911, Emergency / Hands up in the air for the world to see / It’s All Murder.” Regardless of the reception of the album as a whole, the song stands out, and as okayplayer.

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Lollapalooza Nostalgia

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In celebration of this era recently stirred up by the release of Montage of Heck, the Washington Post published an oral history of Lollapalooza’s most alternative of tours. In 1995, Lollapalooza’s founders took a break from booking platinum artists and experimented with featuring a lineup that matched the “indie” and “alternative” labels that are now so often thrown around indiscriminately.

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Song of the Day: “All Apologies”

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The new documentary about Kurt Cobain, Montage of Heck, contains up-until-now unreleased home videos and animated footage of the Nirvana frontman’s tortured diary entries. It reveals a deeply troubled psyche, inextricable from the genius associated with it. On the hypnotic Unplugged version of “All Apologies,” Cobain complements a recognizable strain of defeatism in his lyrics with a kind of layman’s spirituality.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved #2: Mary Timony’s Exquisite Corpses

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The stuff I’ve saved over the years aren’t just mementos of the past. They’re also reflections of the memories my friends and I have made together. ...more

Bruce Springsteen & Jon Stewart Forever

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It’s become a pretty much universally acknowledged fact that there was no greater way for The Daily Show to go out than with Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band. Jon Stewart and the Boss have been mutual fans for years, something publicly cemented in their 2012 interview for Rolling Stone, where Springsteen told the journalist megafan, “your show is basically an interpretive media class.” Springsteen and his band played “Land of Hope and Dreams” at Stewart’s request, then ended the show’s long run with “Born to Run.” If you haven’t caught the final show yet, haven’t quite dealt with the fact that the show’s over, or just feel the need to see the Boss, watch the video after the jump.

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El-P and Ninja Collaboration “Coming Soon”

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A post on Instagram from El-P (@thereallyrealelp) of Run The Jewels with Die Antwoord’s Ninja says only “Coming soon…” which Ninja (@zef_alien) also shared with the caption “EL-P vs NINJA.” Some believe this alludes to a coming collaboration between these two artists, but it’s unclear how or when this mysterious collab will manifest, considering both Run The Jewels and Die Antwoord are on tour from now until late October.

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