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Celebrate Lemmy This Saturday

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Motörhead has announced that it will be livestreaming Lemmy Kilmister’s memorial service tomorrow, Stereogum reports. The ceremony itself will be held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood on Saturday, January 9th, at 3 p.m. PT. Since the venue itself is small, the band is inviting all fans to celebrate however they can, and has released a statement saying:

Wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch the service with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends.

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David Lowery Sues Spotify

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The frontman of Camper Van Beethoven filed his second suit in favor of musician’s rights on December 28th, Pitchfork reports. The suit claims that Spotify published tracks without sufficient efforts to obtain copyright permission, and thus illegally distributed.

This case adds itself to a number of legal issues facing the musical subscription service—since last year’s Taylor Swift open letterit’s also apparently been negotiating with the National Music Publishers Association regarding similar claims of music sharing without proper copyright licenses.

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Rumpus Song Premiere: Sons of an Illustrious Father

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The New York–based band premieres the song “Conquest” today on The Rumpus. The track is off their album Revol, which is upcoming on Big Picnic Records.

Sons of an Illustrious Father is comprised of Ezra Miller, who you might remember from his roles in TrainwreckThe Perks of Being a Wallflower, and We Need to Talk About Kevin; Lilah Larson; and Josh Aubin.

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Sound & Vision #18: Tony Visconti

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Legendary producer Tony Visconti talks to Allyson McCabe about working with David Bowie, his own touring musical super-group Holy Holy, and his thoughts on the music industry today. ...more

Hip-Hop to Watch in 2016

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Dazed Digital compiled a list of emerging hip-hop artists to watch, including Jay Boogie (think Mykki Blanco and the early 2000s), Tommy Genesis (on Awful Records, she describes her sound as “fetish rap”), Blaze Kidd (a London-based Ecuadorian rapper who plays with reggaeton and grime), IshDARR (who made the Old Soul, Young Spirit mixtape earlier this year), and Kevin Abstract (a Texan rapper who is part of the collective Brockhampton).

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The Rumpus Interview with Roarke Menzies

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Musician and producer Roarke Menzies talks about his debut album, Shapes, and about his inspirations for making music. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: One More (Great) List

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Aquarium Drunkard put out their list of 2015 favorites and like many things they do, it’s pretty comprehensive, respectable, and a great way to catch great music that you’ve missed. Included in the list are Jessica Pratt, Yo La Tengo, Destroyer, Joanna Newsom, Kendrick Lamar, Lead Belly, Drinks, The Mantles, The Staple Singers, Father John Misty, and Kurt Vile.

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Return of Columbia House

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The music subscription service is making a comeback, Stereogum reports, thanks to a bail-out from a former Lehman Brothers executive. You might remember Columbia House from junk mail offering twelve CDs for just a penny—tempting teens into joining a membership most notable for its huge price increases and the way it really, really pissed off your parents once they saw the bills.

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The “Blurred Lines” of Copyright

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The question of copyright infringement in Pharell Williams’s and Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” has been raised again, following an appeal that the pair filed this Monday against the March decision that ruled against the use of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” in the song’s instrumentals.

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Killer Mike Chats with Bernie Sanders

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The rapper has made clear his admiration for the presidential candidate before, but the recent hour-long conversation between Killer Mike and Bernie Sanders is more than a token of mutual respect—the discussion stands on its own right as a compelling dialogue on the state of American politics, what it means to be a radical, and the architecture of racial inequality.

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MØ Performs at Nobel Prize Concert

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The Nobel Peace Prize Concert took place this weekend in Oslo, its prize going to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which is the association of the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League, and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers that helped establish an inclusive constitutional democracy in the country.

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