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RZA comments on Wu-Tang affiliate who cut off his own penis in suicide attempt: Christ Bearer is a tragic story
Apr 20, 2014 5:16am | Fact Magazine

“Its not any sanity; even if you high, this shit dont sound sane.

RZA has commented on a story from earlier this week reporting that Andre ‘Christ Bearer’ Johnson (pictured), a rapper formerly affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan, cut off his own penis and tried to commit suicide by jumping from the second storey balcony of his North Hollywood apartment.

After initial reports misnamed the rapper as Andre Roxx, Wu-Tang at first denied his affiliation with the group, but RZA has now spoken to XXL about his connection to Johnson. Along with rapper Meko The Pharaoh, Johnson is part of the Long Beach, California duo Northstar, who released their RZA-produced debut album on Wu-Tang Productions in 2003.

“First of all, I just had seen him recently. He had got out of jail and [was] calling me,” RZA told the magazine. Christ Bearer is a part of the West Coast Killa Beez, a bunch of young guys that was signed to our company 10 years ago. Wu-Tang, were from the East Coast. But we did invest in some young guys to try and help any hood. He was a guy from the hood that we gave a shot. I dont make music with him nowadays. But the storywhat he didis incredible. That shit sound mythical.”

Neighbours in the building where the rapper was found have said they don’t believe Johnson was on “any hard drugs”, ...

White House refuses to comment on petition to deport Justin Bieber
Apr 20, 2014 4:58am | NME
Nearly 275,000 people signed the online petition

Jack White releases worlds fastest record for Record Store Day
Apr 20, 2014 4:36am | Fact Magazine

From studio to vinyl in under four hours.

Jack White celebrated Record Store Day yesterday by recording, pressing up and releasing a vinyl record in under four hours a new world record.

The modern bluesman’s live version of ‘Lazaretto’, the title track from his forthcoming album, travelled from studio to store with 3:55:21 on the clock.

At 10am he took the stage at his label Third Man Records’ Nashville headquarters to record the A-side, plus a cover of Elvis Presley’s 1969 song ‘Power of My Love’ for the B0side. The two songs were cut straight to acetate and rushed to United Record Pressing to manufacture the 7″s, while White and his band meanwhile played an hour-long set for the assembled crowd.

For last year’s Record Store Day, White invited patrons of Third Man Records to lay down two minutes of audio on a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph machine and claim their own fully playable 6 record of their efforts.

Lazaretto is out on June 9/10 hear album track ‘High Ball Stepper’ below.

BBC Radio 1Xtra to host special event at Glasgow's Riverside Museum
Apr 20, 2014 4:23am | NME
Duke Dumont, DJ Fresh to play party a week before BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

Jack White makes history with world's fastest released record
Apr 20, 2014 4:00am | NME
The singer also debuts new material during day of festivities at Third Man Records in Nashville

What's going on Easter Sunday? (4/20, Joey Bada$$, Delicate Steve, Goatwhore, Inc, Dead Brunch, Lip Talk & more)
Apr 19, 2014 11:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

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

Delicate Steve, Dustin Wong, Deradoorian @ Baby's All Right
Pasta lovers rejoice, as there is some gourmet noodling going on tonight with mostly-instrumental group Delicate Steve, the exquisite loop pedal work of Dustin Wong and Dirty Projectors/Avey Tare associate Deradoorian.

Joey Bada$$, Lil Bibby, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Black Dave, Mick Jenkins, Kris Kasanova, Shakespeare @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Happy 4/20! (I mean Easter.) The Smokers Club is celebrating at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with an absolutely stacked hip hop show that includes local fave Joey Bada$$ and many other members of his Pro Era crew (CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution). plus there's young rising Chicago rapper Lil Bibby and still many more. Sold out.

Inc., Ian Isiah, Shayne HBA (DJ), Special Guest @ Knitting Factory
It's a good night for alt-R&B at Knitting Factory with indie-leaning duo Inc. and auotune lover Ian Isiah (who plays with a full band tonight). Plus, they're promising a special guest.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, DIE, Savageheads, The Impalers, Razorheads @ The Wick (NY's Alright)
New York's Alright ends today with just one show, this 4 PM show at new-ish Brooklyn venue The Wick headlined by Farfisa-fueled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.


Sunny Day Real Estate Lipton Witch
Apr 19, 2014 10:28pm | StereoGum

As previously announced, Sunny Day Real Estate has released their first new song in 14 years on a split 7″ with Circa Survive for Record Store Day. “Lipton Witch” was recorded in sessions that failed to produce a full-length following their 2009 reunion tour. The release of the song comes only a few weeks before the 20th anniversary of their debut album Diary that propelled them to emo fame. Listen below.


The Libertines to reunite this summer?
Apr 19, 2014 6:34pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The Libertines haven’t played a show together since their brief reunion in 2010, but that could soon change. In an interview with Israeli newspaper Ynet (via The Music Charger), Peter Dohrety revealed that he has said “yes” to an offer to reform the band for a concert in London this summer.

I dont know if Im supposed to even tell you this, but we were offered to reform The Libertines for a show this July in Hyde Park,” Doherty is quoted as saying. “I got the call just yesterday. Well, I said yes.”

It’s not clear whether the rest of the band has also agreed to do the show, and Doherty admitted that he hasn’t spoken to co-founder Carl Barât in some time. In fact, Barât recently formed a new band called The Jackals and plans to release a new solo album later this year.

Doherty was also quite candid about his motivations for a reunion, as he told Ynet that he is currently going through “financial problems.” He said, “Not long ago I listened to The Libertines songs on YouTube and had a burst of nostalgia so I said what the heck, and then they told me how much they will pay us and I cannot lie to you I couldnt say no, at least not in my state right now. I was recently called to family law court after a young girl I knew had told me I was the father of her baby. I have a year and a half old girl and I need to pay a lot of alimony, Im in debt. Its very c...

Morrisseys Not Happy With Canada
Apr 19, 2014 5:50pm | StereoGum

It’s not a day that ends in Y if Morrissey’s not outraged by something and this time it’s a whole nation — in case you weren’t aware, the whole country of Canada is now “fashionably dead.” Morrissey took to his fansite to call the country out on its seal hunt, which started on Monday. The annual East Coast event has caused an uproar in the environmental community and has been bogged down with legal challenges. Seal hunting only occurs in six countries nowadays, partly because of conservationist’s efforts but mostly because the demand for seal byproducts is at an all-time low: the United States, Europe, most of Russia, and China no longer allow seals on the market.


Big Boi Says Modest Mouse Collab Is Still Happening, Plans EP With Phantogram
Apr 19, 2014 4:04pm | StereoGum

On Thursday night, Big Boi DJed a Coachella party in advance of his second reunion performance as Outkast (which was apparently much better, if you believe music critic Twitter) and dropped some hints to The Hollywood Reporter about what he’ll be up to for the rest of the year. On the rumored Modest Mouse collaboration that happened back in 2011 and still hasn’t seen a release: “Weve got these songs theyve been sitting on forever. I saw [lead singer Isaac Brock] a couple months ago and theyre working on some additions to what we did. I dont know. Its a crazy camp over there. Its coming.” He also revealed that he’s working with Phantogram on an EP (or possible full-length) Big Grams following their past collaborations.

After he releases the followup to Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, which he’ll try to record on the road during Outkast’s massive festival tour, he wants to get into acting. “Ive been turning down roles for a while now because music is my first passion but theres been a lot of calls for me to do film. [...] I wanna play Bill Clinton. I’d play the shit out of that.” He also is really into Majical Cloudz apparently and uses Shazam and Soundhound to find new music — just like one of us! You can check out the setlist from Outkast’s second Coachella performance below.


Prince The Breakdown
Apr 19, 2014 3:31pm | StereoGum

Yesterday, Prince announced his reconciliation with Warner Bros. and said that a new studio album was on the way that would be released on the label. The fruits of that deal came earlier than expected when Prince dropped a new single late last night in the form of “The Breakdown,” which is a slow and soulful ballad that, appropriately, breaks down into an emotional wail amidst lavish instrumentation. Listen to the song below.


Big Boi discusses OutKast reunion, solo material, working with Phantogram and Modest Mouse
Apr 19, 2014 3:02pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Ted Maider

Prior to taking the stage at Coachella for OutKasts much-improved second headlining spot, Big Boi chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about what else he has in store for 2014.

The rapper’s most immediate plans revolve around working on his follow-up to 2012′s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. He’ll be putting in work on the solo record while on the road with André 3000, with an aim to release it by year’s end. Im shooting for this year, he told THR. Youll definitely get a couple of songs before the end of the year. Whether the project is done or not just depends on how wild this road gets.

The album promises a smattering of guests spots, though Big Boi remained mum about who might appear. He did, however, mention that he’s currently digging Majical Cloudz and uses Shazam and Soundhound to discover new music in public spaces. [Im looking for] just a sonically different sound than whats out there, he explained. I dont go for the artists that everybodys using or get somebody just for the name.

He’s also got a collaborative record with “Lines” partners  Phantogram in the works. They’ve apparently tracked enough material for an EP called Big Grams, though it could expand into a full album. Weve got songs which were already recorded when we were working on my ...

Nothing released a free Low cover for RSD (listen/download)
Apr 19, 2014 2:33pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Recorded a song at home on an anxiety ridden Friday night. I'm giving it out for Free for Record Store Day and hopefully @lowtheband doesn't mind the rendition of their beautiful song.
Happy Record Store Day! Even if you're not out shopping today, you can still get new music (and this one's free) from Philly shoegazers Nothing, who posted a cover of Low's "In Metal" to their bandcamp along with the above message. Listen to the cover below.

If you are out and about today, Nothing are among the many bands playing the on-going Rough Trade NYC in-store, which is also free. They're on at 9 PM, and as of this post, remaining sets include Amen Dunes (6 PM), Fear of Men (8 PM), Hospitality (11 PM), and more.

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Kanye West and Common help create over 20,000 jobs for Chicago youth
Apr 19, 2014 11:55am | NME
The pair are working with a local community organisation to create more opportunities for young people in the city

Percussions KHLHI
Apr 19, 2014 11:54am | StereoGum

Four Tet’s been releasing songs under his Percussions alias over the past few days in a lead-up to the release of two 12-inches on his own label. We’ve already heard “Blatant Water Cannon,” “Ascii Bot,” and “Sext” and “KHLHI” completes the series. It’s very much of the same family as the other tracks, elevated by a beautiful sample from ’70s soul singer Syreeta Wright’s “Keep Him Like He Is” that carries the track home. Listen below.


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