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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.

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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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TV On The Radio Lazerray Video
Dec 18, 2014 4:17pm | StereoGum

TV On The Radio released their fifth studio album Seeds earlier this year, and today the band premiered a video for the album’s song “Lazerray.” Directed by photographer Atiba Jefferson, the video includes a host of well-known pro-skaters including Eric Koston, Lance Mountain, Sean Malto, and Andrew Reynolds. TV On The Radio perform their song as we witness a day at the skate park. You can watch it on Complex.

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THEESatisfaction releasing new album, 'EarthEE,' share single ft. Shabazz Palaces, playing shows (dates & stream)
Dec 18, 2014 4:03pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Shabazz Palaces collaborators and Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction have announced their new album, EarthEE, which will be out on February 24. Like its predecessor, awE naturalE, it features Shabazz on multiple tracks, including lead single "Recognition" which also features Seattle postpunk dude/producer Erik Blood. THEESatisfaction fuck with the R&B formula about as much as Shabazz does with rap, and "Recognition" takes their warped sounds into even further-out territory than before. Hold on to your desk chair and stream that song below.

THEESatisfaction will celebrate the new album with a release party in NYC on March 6 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No full tour is announced yet, but they have a few other dates around the Santos show, which are listed below.

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Italian Man Forming 1,000-Person Cover Band To Bring Foo Fighters To His City
Dec 18, 2014 3:45pm | StereoGum

I don’t speak Italian, but it appears a resident of the northern Italian city Cesena is putting together a 1,000-person Foo Fighters cover band in an effort to attract Dave Grohl’s band to their city. At least that’s what the Reddit user who posted the clip has sussed out. A rough translation of his movement’s website seems to confirm that, yes, all this effort is really just to bring the Foo Fighters to Italy’s Romagna region:

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Institute released the 'Salt' EP, touring (dates & stream)
Dec 18, 2014 3:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

'Salt' artwork

Austin punks Institute (mems Wiccans, Glue, etc) released a self-titled EP earlier this year on Deranged, a single on Katorga Works, and since we last spoke they put out the Salt EP on Sacred Bones. Though they have roots in hardcore, Institute have post-punk vibes running through them, and the newest EP falls somewhere in between those two worlds. Stream it below.

Institute have a few dates coming up this month and next year (including SXSW). They'll play NYC on December 27 at Silent Barn with two local noise duos, Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Appetite (Ciarra Black and Jane Chardiet), and Ascetic House-signed synth artist Horoscope. That show is $8 at the door. All dates are listed below.

As discussed, you can also catch the Institute-related Glue with local ragers Warthog on New Year's Day at Saint Vitus, also with Allergy and Nandas (tickets). You can also catch Appetite at the tribute for Eric Garner's family at Palisades on 12/30.

Stream of Institute's 'Salt' EP and list of dates, below...

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Band of Horses and Grandaddys Jason Lytle team up for new Christmas song Hang an Ornament listen
Dec 18, 2014 3:11pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Back in July, Band of Horses announced work on a new album, enlisting Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle to serve as producer. To tide fans over until the album’s release, BoH and Lytle have shared a little holiday treat: a brand new Christmas song called “Hang an Ornament”.

Combining elements of country and space rock, its a cozy number lined with enough lush, woolly harmonies to warm even the coldest December night. Listen in below.

“Hang an Ornament” is available now via iTunes. Meanwhile, Band of Horses will play their first show of 2015 next month at My Morning Jackets Mexico-based festival One Big Holiday.



speaking of SERIAL, IRA GLASS is appearing live, touring, listing his favorite documentaries
Dec 18, 2014 3:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Serial's Sarah Koenig arm wrestling Ira Glass

It's official: "Serial" is the hottest podcast in the history of the known universe, the most significant moment in audio since the "War of the Worlds" broadcast, and the most innovative development in communication arts since the smoke signal. In fact, it's a breakthrough symbolizing the Great Podcast Renaissance of 2014. [Yahoo]
Like composer Nick Diamonds, This American Life's Ira Glass was involved with the most popular podcast of all time, Sarah Koenig's Serial, which aired its final episode about Hae-Min Lee and Adnan Syed today (12/18). What did you think of the ending (which was slightly different than Funny or Die's version)? I thought it ended okay, but will leave it at that. #nospoilers

Ira Glass (first cousin once removed of Philip) is of course the host of public radio's popular This American Life of which Serial is a spinoff. When not speaking on the radio, Ira sometimes relaxes with a documentary. He listed some of his favorites for the Sundance Doc Club, including Stop Making Sense, and crime drama The Thin Blue Line.

Ira Glass also often appears live in front of audiences, and that continues to prove true throughout the next year, as you can see from his busy schedule outlined below. He appears at Town Hall in NYC this Friday (flyer below), and has upcoming talks at Yale, the Associatio...


Moon Boots playing NYC before New Year's Eve in LA (dates)
Dec 18, 2014 2:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Pop-house producer Moon Boots has been pumping out a steady stream of great singles for a while now. We premiered his track with Kyiki earlier in the year, and he recently dropped "There's No Love," another of his bubbly dance tracks. Check it out below.

Moon Boots is also playing a few dates coming up, including a stop in NYC at Verboten on December 26 before playing New Year's Eve in LA. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...

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Team America: World Police screenings also canceled
Dec 18, 2014 2:48pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Following Sony’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview, several American movie theaters announced plans to screen Team America: World Police in protest. However, as Gizmodo points out, those screenings have also now been scrapped after Paramount pulled the film from all theaters.

The 2004 satirical action comedy, written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, famously mocked Kim Jong-il, the father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, using live-action supermarionettes. Ironically, at the time, Team America received more criticism here in the states for seemingly mocking America’s war on terror.

(Read: How Trey Parker and Matt Stone Captured the Chaos of Post-9/11 America)

Paramount did not provide a reason for its decision to pull the film, though undoubtedly the studio fears threats similar to the ones made against Sony for The Interview.

You can still, however, watch Team America on Netflix.



Hip Hop Hall of Fame launched a campaign to open a Hip Hop Museum & Youth Media Education Academy in NYC
Dec 18, 2014 2:40pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame has launched a $1 million Indie GoGo campaign to open a Hip Hop Museum & Youth Media Education Academy in NYC. The permanent location will be in Midtown Manhattan, but being that construction on that will take 18-24 months to complete, there will be a satellite museum opening this spring on 125th St in Harlem until then. That location is also where the office headquarters and youth media academy will be permanently located, once the museum opens in Midtown. Here's more details details, via the campaign:

Introducing the 'Harlem Satellite Hip Hop Museum and Youth Media Education Academy' presented by the Hip Hop Hall of Fame a fully Chartered Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Museum & Educational Institution. Together we will open the Satellite Hip Hop Museum, a Visitors Bureau, Coffee & Juice Bar, Retail Gift Shop, a State of the Art Television and Radio Broadcast Studio with our Youth Media Training & Education Academy, and our permanent offices in Harlem, New York City. We have finally 'Secured a Location' in Harlem.

The HHHOF goal is to raise $ 1,000,000, and we have received a 'Matching Challenge Grant' for $500,000 or half of our goal. We have teamed up with Indiegogo to raise the final required $500,000 through this campaign to meet our goal with your support. The funds raised will be utilized to finalize the site lease, facility design, construction, equipment, staffing, and two years of operations for the ...


Band Of Horses & Grandaddy Hang An Ornament
Dec 18, 2014 2:25pm | StereoGum

Here’s some news that will have ’00s indie-heads all atwitter: Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle is producing the next Band Of Horses album. It makes a lot of sense, as both acts originated from the Pacific Northwest and put their own expansive modern spin on indie and folk-rock sounds. Band Of Horses announced the news on SoundCloud, where they also posted a collaborative Christmas song they recorded with Lytle called “Hang An Ornament.” Here’s the full dispatch:

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Serial podcast music written by dude from the Unicorns (listen)
Dec 18, 2014 2:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan

This may be old news to you, especially if you're a Serial podcast-listening, indie rock expert who paid attention to the credits for the past 3+ months and heard Nick Thorburn's name and immediately recognized it as that guy also known as Nick Diamonds from Islands and the recently reunited Unicorns. If not, now you know!

You can listen to the FINAL episode of Serial season one TODAY to find out who did it, and then get nostalgic for all 12 episodes by listening to the entire album's worth of Serial music by Nick, below...

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