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This GIF shows 30 years of music industry change
Aug 19, 2014 4:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

From vinyl and cassettes to CDs and MP3s, the way we consume music has drastically changed a number of times over the last three decades. To illustrate this point, Digital Music News has created a handy GIF documenting these various technological advancements and how they’ve affected music industry revenue.

Digital Music News used Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) data from 1983 to 2013. The graphic reflects how dominant vinyl was during the 80s, the takeover of cassettes in the 80s, the CDs unstoppable run through the mid-2000s, and, finally, the advent of digital music consumption, from streams and MP3 downloads. It goes without saying, but the changes are quite drastic.

Over at the RIAA website, theres a more expansive explanation for the numbers behind the graphs. Since 2008, total US music industry revenues have dropped $1.8 billion, to just over $7 billion annually. Last year, physical music sales accounted for around 35% of all revenues, while downloads raked in some 40%.

Whats interesting is the rise of streaming services. In the 2007 graph, you can see streaming taking up just a tiny sliver of pie, comprising just 3% of revenue. However, by 2013, that slice expanded to around 21% of total industry revenues. In just the last year, paid subscription services drastically increased, up 57% to $628 million in revenue. With the introduction of new streaming plat...

Drive Like Jehu reuniting, playing free San Diego show
Aug 19, 2014 4:31pm | Brooklyn Vegan

In the past few years, we've already seen Hot Snakes and Rocket from the Crypt reunite, and now another revered band in the Rick Froberg/John Reis family will be getting back together, Drive Like Jehu!. The band only put out two albums during their short career, 1991's self-titled and 1994's Yank Crime, both highly influential on various types of post-hardcore, emo and indie rock to come. Now, the band launched a website listing a free, all ages show happening in their hometown of San Diego on August 31 at Balboa Park. They'll be playing "a short set accompanied by San Diego Civic organist Dr. Carol Williams," according to Swami Records (John's label). It's the only date announced, but fingers crossed that more will be added!

Rocket From the Crypt also play Fun Fun Fun Fest and PBR Fest.

Watch a full-set live video of Drive Like Jehu from 1992, below...

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Alex Metric Heart Weighs A Ton Video
Aug 19, 2014 4:07pm | StereoGum

British DJ Alex Metric cracked our weekly best videos list in 2011, and he’s got another contender for that honor with the visuals for his new single “Heart Weighs A Ton.” Directed by Jack Wagner and Zach Shields, the clip stars a 60-year-old widower named Glenn Bruno who’s pursued his passion for dancing in tribute to his late wife. Bruno is a real and so is his story, which makes this one moving in the emotional sense as well as the physical. Watch below.


Calvin Harris named highest paid DJ in the world for second year running
Aug 19, 2014 3:55pm | NME
The Scottish DJ tops Forbes' Electronic Cash Kings list

Hiss Golden Messenger Mahogany Dread
Aug 19, 2014 3:50pm | StereoGum

M.C. Taylor’s roots-rock project Hiss Golden Messenger will soon be joining the Merge family with his new album Lateness Of Dancers. Back in June we premiered the lead single “Saturday’s Song” — which became Strand Of Oaks’ pick for Song Of The Summer, btw — and Taylor followed with the intimate “Lucia” video. The newly released “Mahogany Dread” is a full, lush piece of folk rock with echoing guitar plucks floating on the edges and near the end an organ solo that bursts through the rest of the arrangement. Listen to it below.


Seltzer Boys = members of Yeasayer, Suckers & Delicate Steve; playing 2nd show in 3 years tonight (with Penis)
Aug 19, 2014 3:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The bio reads:

Seltzer Boys is a songwriting collaboration/corporate merger between Austin Fisher (Suckers) and Anand Wilder (Yeasayer), with guitar by Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), and saxophone and studio wizardry by engineer Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Yeasayer, Oneohtrix Point Never). The Seltzer Boys project began at The Stone, a non-profit space dedicated to experimental music, as part of a live performance series curated by Yale Evelev of Luaka Bop Records. Seltzer Boys's songs employ the patient dynamics of Spirit of Eden-era Talk Talk with Janet Jackson-size hooks. They are currently recording their first album and it's gonna be dank.
They play Baby's All Right tonight (8/19), their 2nd show ever. The last one was years ago. Opening the Brooklyn show will be "feminist punk band" Penis, and a new collaboration between Baby's owner Zachary Mexico (The Octagon) and Graham Smith (Kleenex Girl Wonder) called Beuys.

In 2012, Seltzer Boys music appeared in a snowboarding video, that you can watch below...

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TOPS Outside
Aug 19, 2014 3:44pm | StereoGum

Next month TOPS will release will release their new album Picture You Staring, and we’ve already heard a pair of excellent singles with “Sleeptalker” and “Way To Be Loved.” Now you can hear “Outside,” which moves with the same slow burning grace that this band is proving so skilled at generating.


Patti Smith reviewed Haruki Murakami's new novel for the NY Times, playing 'Nuggets' anniversary w/ Joan Wasser, more
Aug 19, 2014 3:43pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

As previously mentioned, the "40th + 2 Anniversary" of Nuggets -- the essential 1972 garage rock compilation put together by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye -- is being celebrated this year with multiple shows at NYC's City Winery. Most have passed, but the next (and last, for now at least) happens August 31. The lineup has been expanded since we last spoke, and it's pretty exciting. In addition to Lenny Kaye and his Patti Smith Group bandmate Tony Shanahan, Patti Smith herself will be appearing, as well as Joan As Police Woman, Jesse Malin and more. Tickets for the show are still available.

Patti has other live appearances coming up too, including Riot Fest Chicago. In NYC, Patti and her daughter Jesse will take part in a Nico-themed performance at FIAF Florence Gould Hall on October 2, which is part of the Crossing the Line Festival. Here's the details:

Killer Road is a sound exploration of the tragic death of Nico, Velvet Underground vocalist and 60s icon, while riding her bike on the island of Ibiza in the summer of 1988. A hypnotic meditation on the idea of perpetual motion and the cycle of life and death, the live performance features Patti Smith lending her unique voice to the last poems written by the artist. Soundw...

Forbes Highest Paid DJs 2014 Is Pretty Similar To 2013
Aug 19, 2014 3:38pm | StereoGum

Last summer Forbes released a list of the world’s highest-paid DJs topped off by Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and David Guetta. This year’s list is out, and guess what? It’s topped by Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and (in a third-place tie with Avicii) Tiesto. Harris is pulling in $66 million, more than double his closest competition. Notable movers include Zedd, who’s at #7 after not cracking the list last year, and cake-thrower at large Steve Aoki, who charged up from #11 to #5. Meanwhile, Nyan Cat enthusiast Deadmau5 falls from #5 to #10, and the likes of Armin van Buuren and Swedish House Mafia have fallen off the list entirely. They’re all filthy rich though. Here’s the full list via EDM Tunes:


Billy Corgan says Smashing Pumpkins can live on without him
Aug 19, 2014 3:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The members of Soundgarden have long been critical of “one-man bands” such as Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins. In a new interview with The Dallas Observer, Soungarden guitarist Kim Thayil re-emphasized the band’s position while also taking a not-so-subtle shot at Corgan. “We feel confident that if the four of us all like an album, its going to do well,” Thayil explained. “We dont have one member who is deciding the composition of an album. You should know who I am talking about, but I am not going to name names.”

Thayil continued: We have four guys who write songs here. We have four guys contributing material without someone calling bullshit on it. You follow me? There are many bands out there that are led by one guy who does all the writing? He might have some religious epiphany or some psychedelic experience and he will write all this material that can very easily suck. And the rest of his band feels like they have to play it. That is not Soundgarden. Consequently, we have never made a record that sucked.”

As it turns out, Corgan himself also recently gave an interview in which he discussed Smashing Pumpkins’ makeup. The band’s leader took a more existential perspective, telling the Chicagoist that it would be “dumb to end the Pumpkins ever again because the Pumpkins live without me anyway.”

Corgan explained that the band has experienced several points ...

Reading and Leeds weather update: rain predicted with dry, sunny spells in between
Aug 19, 2014 3:28pm | NME
Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will headline the weekender

Watch: Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats Runaway Girls
Aug 19, 2014 3:25pm | CMJ

Mysterious international heavy riff-rockers Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have just shared the video for Runaway Girls. The song hearkens back to the day-glo ends of ’70s metal, sounding like Black Sabbath at their grooviest, fleshed out with lead guitar harmonies and psychedelic vocal layers. The (slightly NSFW) video is equally dark and trippy, intersplicing found ’60s and ’70s news and B-flick footage about murderers and cults with go-go dancers and group love.

Following the release of Uncle Acid’s third LP Mind Control last year on Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records, Runaway Girls will be released as a seven-inch single later this year. The single release coincides with the band’s first ever full U.S. tour that will find them melting faces in over a dozen major North American cities this fall, and includes an already sold-out night at the infamous Roxy in Los Angeles.

Check out the tour dates and the video for Runaway Girls below.

Tour Dates For Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats:
09/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
09/25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
09/26 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
09/27 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
09/28 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
09/30 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
10/01 – Minneapolis, MN...

Laurel Halo presenting new works at The Kitchen's "Synth Nights" series ++ other dates
Aug 19, 2014 3:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Laurel Halo at 285 Kent in January (more by Landon Speers)

The folks at The Kitchen have announced the latest in their Synth Nights series, which will be a performance by Berlin electronic artist Laurel Halo on September 9. According to the NY Times, she'll be presenting new works which, considering it's been a year since her second album, Chance of Rain, is exciting. Tickets for the one-off performance will be $15 and will go on sale August 26 at 2 PM.

Laurel, who was last here in March, contributes "Melt" and "Wow" to Hyperdub 10.3, one of four compilations being released to celebrate the label's 10th anniversary. It's out September 23.

She's also playing some European festivals in the coming weeks. All upcoming dates are listed, along with Hyperdub 10.3's tracklist, below.

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NFL Wants Coldplay, Katy Perry, Or Rihanna To Pay To Play Super Bowl Halftime
Aug 19, 2014 3:12pm | StereoGum

The National Football League rakes in about $9 billion a year, but that doesn’t mean it’s made of money. Do you know how much the League is going to have to pay out in concussion-related lawsuits for the next forever? Fortunately, the NFL has figured out how to optimize yet another revenue stream: Charging artists for the privilege of playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The League already doesn’t pay its halftime performers, but it’s got a new scheme in mind. The Wall Street Journal reports that NFL reps have narrowed their wish-list of possible Super Bowl performers down to three candidates — Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna — and they’ve reached out to the artists to ask whether they’d be willing to contribute some of their post-Super Bowl tour money to the League, or to make “some other type of financial contribution.”

The Journal also reports that the artists’ reps gave that suggestion “a chilly reception.” If the NFL is really that hard-up for cash, though, I would personally pay $5 to watch Rihanna hit NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with her death-stare for at least 60 seconds.

Perfect Pussy and Joanna Gruesome team up for a sugar-punk split 7
Aug 19, 2014 3:07pm | Chart Attack

2014 has been sweet to Perfect Pussy and Joanna Gruesome, two of punk's hardest working new groups. Below you can stream two tracks from a new 7" they'll release later this year, with a new song and cover from each band.

Joanna Gruesome's original track "Psykick Espionage" is shouty, Pepsi-flavoured punk with a sugary twee chorus. Then all that daylight hits a bloody eclipse, and Perfect Pussy's cover of "Leash Called Love" kicks in. The original Sugarcubes track is a perfect fit for a band adept at channeling miserable relationships into art, though what starts off as a reverent tribute (Björk vocals and all) darkens considerably as the second half melts the pop jam away and into a mound of mirrored tape screams and funereal synth taps.

When the 7" drops, you'll also get Joanna Gruesome cover I Hate Myself's "...Keep Reaching For Those Stars" and the new Perfect Pussy tune "Adult World (The Secret)." I think I know what book they might hate!

The Perfect Pussy/Joanna Gruesome 7" is out this fall via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop.

Perfect Pussy and Joanna Gruesome team up for a sugar-punk split 7″ by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

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