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.
Whether you’re snorting rails of Tide off priceless Matisse cutouts or stuck at home because of your dismal Uber rating, my customized mixtape is guaranteed to be 100% Ed Sheeran.
Once upon a time, during the days of vinyl, there was a type of record that revolved forty-five times a minute, and it was the medium of choice for singles. Digging through a dusty crate of 45s today often reveals a treasure trove of long-lost music....more
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 letter, it’s also apparently been negotiating with the National Music Publishers Association regarding similar claims of music sharing without proper copyright licenses....more
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 Trainwreck, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and We Need to Talk About Kevin; Lilah Larson; and Josh Aubin....more
2015 ended with us mourning the passing of legendary Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Now that some days have passed, we want to celebrate Lemmy’s career and legend with a round-up of tributes that have come out over the past few days....more
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)....more
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....more
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....more
Erykah Badu met up with okayplayer.’s program The Questions and the result is a meditation on what participation means in the digital age, among many other things. Watch the interview after the jump....more
This past Saturday marked Édith Piaf’s centenary. To honor the seminal French artist’s memory, the Guardian published a piece on her life, career, and music as they helped to define French music in the twentieth century. Read the full piece here and watch a video of Piaf singing her famous “La Vie en Rose” after the jump....more
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....more
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....more
An important part of Prince’s artistic image has relied upon mystery—the mystery of his genius is comprised of equal parts sexuality and technical prowess. But there is another component to it, and that is Prince’s ironclad policy against the free distribution of his music....more
Camille Paglia, a feminist writer and theorist, wrote a damning critique of Taylor Swift’s tendency to curate her group of “friends” and bring them onstage as testimony to her good taste, or dominance, or what have you—namely, the phenomenon that has become attached to the use of #GirlSquad....more
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....more
A new documentary explores the New York jazz scene circa 1959 through the lens of W. Eugene Smith, the LIFE Magazine photojournalist, and the shows that sprang up in a squat in Chelsea’s Flower District. Read more about The Jazz Loft According to W....more
Fans were perplexed to learn that Drake’s “Hotline Bling” hadn’t received a Grammy nomination, but the mystery “snubbing” seems to be as simple as a lapsed deadline. Apparently, Cash Money Records just forgot to submit the track for consideration (Consequence of Sound via Hits Daily Double)....more