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Stephen Colbert gets epic send-off from Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, and more watch
Dec 18, 2014 11:43pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Last night marked the final episode of The Colbert Report and pretty much every celebrity ever came together to bid Stephen Colbert farewell with a singalong of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”

R.E.M.s Michael Stipe (who just yesterday was sold in a yard sale for 25 cents), Wilcos Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, and Cyndi Lauper all took part in Colbert’s serenade. Other prominent figures included Jon Stewart, Bryan Cranston, President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, James Franco, Katie Couric, Jeff Daniels, Patrick Stewart, and Alek Trebek. Watch the replay below.

The real Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman as host of CBS’ Late Show in CBS.

What's going on Friday? (Run DMC, RL Grime, Mates of State, Ira Glass, Ratking, TK Wonder, Cannabis Corpse & more)
Dec 18, 2014 11:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: Run DMC at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Run-DMC, LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, Lecrae, K. Michelle, Diggy Simmons @ Barclays Center
While original Run DMC members Darryl McDaniels and Joseph Simmons reunited back in 2012 for their first shows since the passing of Jam Master Jay, tonight's Xmas show at Barclays Center will be their first public show in the legendary hip hop group's hometown since coming back.

RatKing, Show Me The Body, Young Gutted, '86 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Run the Jewels may have ran the world of alt-rap this year, but their recent tourmates Ratking's debut album, So It Goes, was another of 2014's finest moments in that genre. Catch them in their hometown tonight for free.

DonChristian, Tigga Calore, Joey LaBeija, False Witness, LE1F (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
If you're into Le1f, there's a chance you're already familiar with this pal, rapper/singer DonChristian, and an even better chance that you'd like his style. He plays Le1f's Kwanzaa show later this month, but tonight he headlines his own NYC show, and Le1f's DJing it.

TK Wonder, Kissey, Evvy, DJ Anthony Bones @ Glasslands
Getting her start in the spoken word scene, Baltimore native TK Wonder blends hip hop, electronic and R&B styles. Also on the bill is Kissey who col...

Listen to 36-rapper posse cut The Rap Monument featuring Killer Mike, Young Thug, Danny Brown, Raekwon and more
Dec 18, 2014 10:56pm | Fact Magazine

The posse cut to end all posse cuts.

No less than 36 rappers from across the United States were called upon to feature on one track, as part of a promotional initiative from Noisey and Hennessey.

Each of MCs travelled to either Atlanta, Los Angeles or New York to supply their verses, which were recorded by Nick Hook over a beat produced by Hook, Hudson Mohawke and S-Type.

Young Thug, YG, Problem, Action Bronson, Raekwon, Prodigy, Killer Mike, Pusha T, Rockie Fresh, Cyhi the Prince and Nipsey Hussle are among the diverse list of names to feature on ‘The Rap Monument’.

The 36 rappers enlisted eclipses the 23 cameo appearances on The Games One Blood remix in 2006.

Stream all 42 minutes of ‘The Rap Monument’ above. [via Pitchfork]

Azealia Banks breaks down in 45-minute interview on Hot 97
Dec 18, 2014 10:19pm | Fact Magazine

Banks came to tears when discussing appropriation of black culture and having her identity exploited. 

Harlem rapper Azealia Banks opened up in an extensive 45-minute interview on Hot 97′s Ebro In The Morning radio show, discussing a range of topics including her departure from Interscope, the eventual release of her long-delayed debut album and her sour relationship with Iggy Azalea and Azalea’s mentor, T.I.

The most poignant moment of the interview came when Banks became emotional whilst discussing appropriation of black culture by white artists and ongoing racial tensions in the United States.

“I feel like, in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like a ‘F— you,’” she said. “There’s always a ‘F— y’all n—as. Y’all don’t really own shit. Y’all don’t have shit.’ That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea shit isn’t better than any f—ing black girl that’s rapping today.”

“Until y’all mother—-ers ready to talk about what you owe me…at the very f—ing least you owe me my identity and to not exploit that shit,” she said...

R.I.P. John Fry, producer for Big Star has died at age of 69
Dec 18, 2014 8:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Legendary record producer John Fry, best known for his work with Big Star, died Thursday at the age of 69. According to Memphis Commercial Appeal, Fry passed away at a Memphis hospital after suffering cardiac arrest.

Fry was the founder of Memphis’ famed Ardent Studio, which has been used by legendary musicians such as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Replacements, and Big Star, as well as contemporary acts including The White Stripes, Cat Power, and M.I.A.

Additionally, Fry was an accomplished record producer. He helmed the first three studio albums for Big Star — including their seminal 1972 debut #1 Record — and served as the band’s creative mentor. For more on Fry’s relationship with Big Star, read Len Comaratta’s 2013 oral history, Dont Lie to Me: An Oral History of Big Star.

Fry’s other credits include recording work with Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Replacements, and The Afghan Whigs. For his efforts, Fry was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

In a tragic coincidence, Fry’s death comes less than a week after his frequent studio partner John Hampton passed from compilations of cancer.

Multiple lawsuits filed against SXSW by families of car crash victims
Dec 18, 2014 7:52pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by SPINs Twitter

A total of seven lawsuits have been filed against South by Southwest by the families of those killed in the fatal car crash that occurred at this year’s festival, according to The Associated Press. Rashad Owens, who is currently in jail on capital murder charges and who has also been sued by the families, drove his car through a DUI checkpoint and onto Red River, plowing through crowds and killing four individuals while injuring dozens more.

The wrongful death suits were filed in both federal and Texas state courts against the two private companies behind the festival, SXSW Holdings INC, and SXSW LLC, as well as traffic design consultant Patrick Lowe and his company Traffic Design Consultants, LLC. The lawsuits contend that the tragic event was “foreseeable and predictable” and that SXSW ignored safety regulations and industry standards, specifically citing a failure to use rigid barriers.” “A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger,” reads one lawsuit.

The lawsuits also claim that the festival should have been aware of the risks involving excessive alcohol consumption at the event “due to excessive DWI and Public Intoxication arrests in the years leading up to 2014″ and the fact that Austin “is number one for alcohol consumption in Te...

SXSW sued by families of fatal car crash victims
Dec 18, 2014 7:33pm | Fact Magazine

The first wave of lawsuits have been filed following the fatal crash at South by South West festival in March.

The lawsuits accuse SXSW organisers of safety lapses after a truck driver ploughed into a crowd of concertgoers. The suits filed on December 18 in San Antionio, Texas, are the first since the incident, which killed four people and injured nearly two dozen.

Truck driver Rashad Owens, an aspiring rapper who police say drove his car through a street barricade after fleeing from police officers attempting a traffic stop, has been jailed on capital murder charges since the crash.

Victims’ families allege that festival organisers skimped on traffic safeguards while cramming people into downtown Austin to see more than 2,000 live acts.

“A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger,” the lawsuit says.

Lawyers for the once obscure Texas festival released a statement regarding the incident but did not address the claims in the lawsuit.

“What happened on Red River was a terrible tragedy, caused by Rashad Owen’s utter disregard of human life. Our hearts continue to ache for those injured and the families of those who lost their lives. We look forward to his prosecution for his awful crimes,” the statement read.

Next year’s SXSW festiva...

TV on the Radio premiere video for Lazerray watch
Dec 18, 2014 7:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

One wouldnt immediately think of TV on the Radio as the perfect soundtrack for a skateboarding video. Yet in the clip for “Lazerray”, the indie rockers hit the park to perform a set for these most extreme athletes. Maybe its the classic black and white approach chosen by director Atiba Jefferson, but the merger works: all those endless kick flips give extra oomph to the churning, punk jam. Grab your deck and watch it below (via Complex).

“Lazerray” is off the bands latest album, Seeds, out now via Harvest Records.

SXSW Sued By Car Crash Victims Families
Dec 18, 2014 6:31pm | StereoGum

The drunk driving crash that left four people dead and almost two dozen injured at this year’s South By Southwest is now being brought to court. The Associated Press reports that seven lawsuits have been filed against the organizations who put together the festival, accusing them of serious safety lapses that led to Rashad Owens crashing through a barricade the night of March 13th after fleeing from police officers following a traffic stop. Owens has been in jail since the crash on capital murder charges.


1,000 diehard Foo Fighters fans to simultaneously play Learn to Fly
Dec 18, 2014 6:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

We’ve seen fans go to great lengths to bring Foo Fighters to their hometown. Earlier this year, Richmond, VA crowdfunded its first Foo Fighters concert in 16 years, leading fans in Birmingham, UK to launch a similar campaign. The northern Italian city of Cesena wants in on the action, too, and has come up with a rather unique way of catching the band’s attention.

1,000 diehard fans will soon come together for a simultaneous live performance of “Learn to Fly” with the hope that it’ll lead to a Foo Fighters concert in Italy’s Romagna region. The group announced its efforts with a call-to-action video, which you can watch below. Do note you’ll need to speak Italian in order to understand what’s going on.

Here’s the real Foo Fighters performing “Learn to Fly” at Lollapalooza 2011.

Watch A Promo For Snoop Doggs New Football Dad Series On ESPN
Dec 18, 2014 6:18pm | StereoGum

Next month Snoop Dogg will star in a five-part series about Bishop Gorman High School’s football team entitled Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream. Snoop’s son, Cordell Broadus, is the hot-shot receiver at the Nevada school and is in the process of being recruited by some big-time college football programs. Football aside, the best part of this trailer is when Snoop talks about doing dishes after a long day on the road. “It makes me feel back down on the earth again,” he says. Watch below.


Lil Kim reportedly owes $126,000 in taxes to the IRS
Dec 18, 2014 6:09pm | Fact Magazine

The former Junior M.A.F.I.A. member has reportedly failed to pay any taxes since 2010.

Lil’ Kim owes $126,725.12 in back taxes to the United States federal government, according to Life & Style. The 39-year-old rapper was served a federal tax lien by the IRS on September 22, claiming she failed to pay taxes in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Earlier this year, Kim was in trouble with her former legal counsel after failing to pay her hefty bills.

Four months ago, she was sued for failing to pay her former law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf, $186,217.93 for five years of legal services, Life & Style report. A judge ruled in the firms favor, ordering Kim to pay the sum with interest.

The Brooklyn-born MC is said to have paid over $1 million in taxes between 2002 and 2009.

Lil’ Kim isn’t the first rapper that the IRS has caught up with in recently. Last year, Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months imprisonment for tax evasion. Earlier this year, Lil Wayne was reported to have owed a massive $12 million in back taxes.

Watch Nicki Minaj On Watch What Happens Live
Dec 18, 2014 5:13pm | StereoGum

If you haven’t listened to The Pinkprint yet… go listen to it. Nicki Minaj starred on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live last night to “dish” and gossip with host Andy Cohen. Minaj plays coy but it’s kind of obvious she’s miffed when Cohen asks, “Who has the biggest dick in the music industry?” She responds, “I’ve never seen anybody’s penis in the industry actually. I saw one penis for 10 years and that’s all I’ll say about that.” Minaj “pleads the fifth” and refuses to answer Cohen’s follow up, “Who is the biggest dick in the industry?” You can watch her answer call-in questions about collaborating with Beyoncé on “Feelin’ Myself,” and hang out with Phaedra of Real Housewives Of Atlanta below.


DTCV released 'Noel Interdit' EP (stream it), giving away their back catalog digitally during the holidays
Dec 18, 2014 4:27pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

LA trio DTCV are in the holiday spirit, having just released Noel Interdit, an EP songs of the season, including a Sabbath-y mashup of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" with Wham's "Last Christmas" that's pretty good (even if you're tired of bands covering that Wham song) and covers of The Who's "Can't Explain" and Johnny Hallyday's song that gives this EP its name. The whole thing is worth a listen and you can do that below. They've got more presents for you, too. DTCV's entire back catalog, including this year's very good Hilarious Heaven, are currently available as pay-what-you-want downloads at their website. The free downloads will end after the holidays.

DTCV are currently finishing up work on their next album, titled Uptime!, which will be out via Unsatisfied/Burger next year. They'll be touring this spring as well. No NYC shows have been announced yet but all dates are listed below.

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Watch A Trailer For The Go! Teams New Album
Dec 18, 2014 4:26pm | StereoGum

The last time The Go! Team released an album was back in 2011 when the band released their third full-length, Rolling Blackouts. Since then, the Team has been pretty quiet, but today they released a teaser for their forthcoming album. The title has yet to be announced, but it will be released at some point next year. The teaser is a manic collection of found footage soundtracked by bits of quite a few songs from the forthcoming record. Watch below.


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