Posts Tagged: Music

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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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

Queen of Hearts

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“Hello” is not really a compassionate breakup song, like Carole King and Toni Stern’s “It’s Too Late”—the breakup here seems to have happened long ago—but rather an acknowledgment that you can never really make a clean break, that the memories float around like emotional flotsam and sometimes still land ashore.

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This Week In Posivibes: Killer Mike at FSU

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While it isn’t unusual to find Killer Mike speaking about race and politics (see his past lecture at MIT on Pitchfork), Render appeared at Florida State University last week to lecture again on racism and civil rights. “Step out of your comfort zone and engage another human being as a fair and honest equal,” he said, “and based on that engagement, help that individual grow.”

Considering that racism protests have overwhelmed campuses nationwide, we’re hoping Render’s words affect change and generate positive insight.

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Get to Know Benjamin Clementine

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Who is Benjamin Clementine? It’s a fair question to ask, considering this relatively unfamiliar artist was recently awarded the Mercury Prize (the UK’s parallel to the Grammy’s “Album of the Year”) for his album At Least For Now. The London artist, chosen over names like Aphex Twin and Florence + the Machine, dedicated his award to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

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This Week in Posivibes: The Wake

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In a continued bid to reissue all things that are amazing and that record collectors covet, Captured Tracks is releasing a combined LP and EP/Singles collection by the great post-punk band The Wake. The album in question is Here Comes Everybody (1985) and the EPs and Singles included are Talk About the Past (1984), Of The Matter (1985), and Something That No One Else Can Bring (1987).

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Obama Offers Kanye Campaign Advice

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President Barack Obama appeared at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater this weekend, and took the opportunity to give Kanye West, who was performing later in the night, some advice for his potential 2020 campaign. Read what the President counseled after the jump, and watch a video of the President speaking and Kanye’s performance via Consequence of Sound.

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Rihanna Talks Dolezal, Domestic Abuse, and Success

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In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna talks about her career up to this moment, going into depth about the ways in which she has seen worldwide success, public shaming, and private tragedy. She also begs the question of why so many were outraged in the moment of the Internet fallout regarding Dolezal’s ethnic heritage:

I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit.

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Sound & Vision #17: Spencer Drate & Judith Salavetz

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Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz on their long collaborative career designing for artists like John Lennon, the Talking Heads, and more. ...more

Omar Souleymon Pledges to Help Syrian Refugees

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The Syrian-born musician has issued a statement committing himself to helping those fleeing the current crisis in the country, dedicating all of his shows in the immediate future to the cause of the refugees’ safe travels:

Began in March 2013 at SXSW with a little help from many friends, all future Omar Souleyman shows dedicate to help Syrian people fleeing to a better life elsewhere.

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