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Premature Evaluation: Drake Views
Apr 29, 2016 2:25pm | StereoGum
Drake - ViewsIt's been five years since Drake discovered the wonders and mysteries of his own ass. On 2011's Take Care, his second album, Drake managed to turn himself into a compelling and fully-formed character: an ascendant rap god, excited but freaked out by his own ...

What would Drakes Views have sounded like if it wasnt an Apple Music exclusive?
Apr 29, 2016 2:17pm | Chart Attack

Drake's Views dropped exclusively on Apple Music last night, as I'm sure anyone with an internet connection knows by now. I've been listening to it all day, but I can't help but wonder: what would Views have been like if it wasn't being used as a chess piece in the ongoing streaming wars?

As I'm sure is the case with a lot of you, I was tuned into Beats 1 Radio last night in hopes of catching Drake's interview with Zane Lowe, scheduled to air at 9 pm EST, then pushed back to 10:45. Well, 10:45 came, and still no interview. 10:55 came, and I was impatiently listening to a Rae Sremmurd song on Beats 1. Then, as Twitter was virtually exploding with anticipation, boom, the album drops.

"Alright, screw the interview," said me and everyone else. "I'm listening to Views." 


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CN Tower employees are tired of answering questions about Drake

But, wait... what happened to the Jay Z and Kanye West verses on "Pop Style" that dropped before the Throne-less version he played on OVO Sound Radio a few days later? What gives?

"I was just having conversation with Kanye that just landed in my lap, so I just dealt with it accordingly," sa...

Details of Princes death currently suppressed due to criminal investigation
Apr 29, 2016 2:14pm | Fact Magazine

Carver County Sheriffs Office cite criminal probe exception to public-record laws.

A week after Prince’s death, details have remained tightly under wraps and there’s a good reason for it: The rockstar’s death has now become part of a criminal probe according to a report from the Carver County Sheriffs Office, the Star Tribune.

Though neither suicide or foul play are suspected in Prince’s death, the law plainly states: “investigative data collected or created by a law enforcement agency in order to prepare a case against a person, whether known or unknown, for the commission of a crime or other offense for which the agency has primary investigative responsibility are confidential or protected nonpublic while the investigation is active.

Currently police are investigating whether an opioid overdose played a role in Prince’s death and whether the prescription pills found at Paisley Park were prescribed to Prince and where they came from. The DEA is currently not involved in the case, according to Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud, who released the criminal probe report.

It remains unclear who made the 911 call from Paisley Park or if anyone in the building spoke to investigators after Prince’s death.

Recently, sources close with Prince’s family said the singer had a long-standing addiction to the opiate painkiller...

Beyonce's new album 'Lemonade' is vital, and maybe her best yet
Apr 29, 2016 2:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

If you're still thinking Beyonce is too pop or not authentic due to working with songwriters, you're boring and you're missing out on one of the most vital artists around. She made the jump from Singles Artist to Album Artist with 2011's retro-soul-inspired 4, she blew that album away and turned "alternative R&B" into "mainstream R&B" with 2013's self-titled LP, and it's quite possible that the newly-released Lemonade blows its predecessor away as well...

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Drakes Views Will Be On Pandora Today
Apr 29, 2016 1:59pm | StereoGum

April 2016 mix
Apr 29, 2016 1:45pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

Listen to our APRIL 2016 monthly mix, featuring new tracks from the past month by SZA, Nite Jewel, SALES, Autre Ne Veut, Boyboy, Andy Stott + more:

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Twin Peaks unveil new song I Dont Want to Miss You listen
Apr 29, 2016 1:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Record Store Day has come and gone, but Twin Peaks have a new 7-inch on the way that’s exclusive to independent vinyl shops. The special release will come packaged with the band’s upcoming album Down in Heaven and includes two songs, “I Don’t Want to Miss You” and “Disappear”.

Today, the CoSigned garage rockers have shared a vinyl rip of the former. It’s a quick hitter of a cut, 60 seconds of slowly tumbling guitars. Like their previous singles “Butterfly” and “Walk to the One You Love”, it’s just begging to be performed in a musty, dusty saloon while onlookers take a couple swigs of whiskey.

The Chicago outfit has offered up this statement on the release:

Our new album Down In Heaven is out 5/13. We love vinyl, we love small businesses, so we like to work with record stores. SO, we made an exclusive version of the album featuring a 7 with two songs you cant get anywhere else but local record stores. This is the A-side, I Dont Want To Miss You. Call your local record shop to see if theyre ordering a copy for you. #runitagain

Stream “I Don’t Want to Miss You” below.

Also, here’s a preview of “Disappear”:

pics: The Residents @ Gramercy Theater
Apr 29, 2016 1:33pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Weirdo music icons The Residents are currently on their "Shadowland" tour, which hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre on Tuesday, April 26...

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Update: Will Ferrell drops out of Ronald Reagan dementia political comedy
Apr 29, 2016 1:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Will Ferrell has long been known as the nations foremost impersonator of George W. Bush (sorry, Josh Brolin), and now it looks like he has another former U.S. president in his sights: Ronald Reagan. As Variety reports, Ferrell is attached to star as The Gipper himself in Reagan, a political comedy based on a script penned by Mike Rosolio.

Update – Friday, April 29th at 12:50 p.m. CT: Amid growing controversy, Ferrell has backed out of the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered,” said his spokesperson in a statement. “While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimers comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”

Buzz around Rosolios script has been high since it landed on the Black List, an annual list of Hollywoods most liked unproduced screenplays, in December 2015. Far from a reverent look back on Reagans legacy, the film focuses on the comedic potential of his much-publicized dementia. According to the Black List logline, When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

Following not long after the death of former First Lady Nancy Reagan in March, the film is sure to draw pl...

Criminal probe launched in investigation of Princes death
Apr 29, 2016 1:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Speculation about the exact circumstances surrounding Princes death has been extensive in the week since his passing. Though there have been reports that it may be connected to a drug overdose, little information about the 911 call or emergency response to Paisley Park have been revealed. Now, the StarTribune has learned why so few police particulars have been revealed: The Carver County Sheriffs Office is in the middle of a criminal probe.

In an incident report released by Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud, the Sheriff’s Office explained why the details of the 911 call and response have been kept under wraps by citing an exception to Minnesota’s public-record laws. The rule in question allows for the suppression of information if it’s related to an active “criminal” investigation.

(Read: A Brief History of Prince Being Prince)

Specifically, the rule reads, “… investigative data collected or created by a law enforcement agency in order to prepare a case against a person, whether known or unknown, for the commission of a crime or other offense for which the agency has primary investigative responsibility are confidential or protected nonpublic while the investigation is active.

It’s worth noting that just because there is a criminal probe underway, it does not mean there will be charges filed. Authorities have sa...

Video Premiere: Piney Gir Oh God You Devil
Apr 29, 2016 1:09pm | CMJ

Apparently Piney Gir, was forbidden by her sternly religious parents from listening to pop music until she was 14. Well, if that’s true, then consider this our good parenting post for you to pass on to you friend who just had a baby. Having been raised in rural Kansas, Gir somehow made her way to […]

The post Video Premiere: Piney Gir – “Oh God You Devil” appeared first on CMJ.

Prince versus the internet: The love-hate relationship that predicted the future
Apr 29, 2016 1:03pm | Fact Magazine

Prince wielded an iron fist over his catalogue and his public image. But while his quest for complete control often found him rowing against the tide, he was the first pop star to grasp the magnitude of the digital music revolution, argues Dean Van Nguyen.

Prince Rogers Nelson has left Planet Earth, but ours was a world he could barely claim residency in. Hed long since hyper-swerved over a couple of dimensions, seared the landscape with a party apocalypse, and created his own utopia built on dance, music, sex and romance. Its a world where a purifying dip in Lake Minnetonka doesnt mean washing away your sins, but loosening your shackles. A highway of red Corvettes and customised Honda bikes. A skyline of erotic cities and graffiti bridges, an adornment of tapestry of pink cashmere and raspberry berets. Our mode of transportation there is the art he made. What Prince allowed us to see and hear mattered. He passed away having never once taken a bad photograph.

Prince wielded a firm control on his own mythos, and this extended into the digital realm. As the news broke that His Royal Badness had delivered his final sermon, news websites and social media users rushed to their usual sources to share his music. But even the internets deepest, darkest caverns or Dailymotion could barely yield a concert clip, a scene from Purple Rain or a pixelated video for ‘Sexy MF’. Wrestling the internet is like trying...

Stream Miserables Striking Debut Album Uncontrollable
Apr 29, 2016 1:02pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

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“Its about the apology I deserved but never received. Its about misunderstandings, frustration, lack of closure. At times I wanted to give up on writing this album. I felt sick, graceless. Finishing it seemed unattainable. I promised myself I would leave the past behind me once it was completed.” – Kristina Esfandiari aka Miserable

Uncontrollable, the beautiful and gut-wrenching debut LP, from Kristina Esfandiari of King Woman and Whirr under her solo moniker Miserable, as it currently stands, will go down high on our favorite albums of 2016. It is impossible to not respond and relate to the raw sadness and pain conveyed in the charring lyrics and disorienting guitar work that blurs from moments of chaos to uneasy stillness each song to the next. While immediate in its connection, the album plays out like a knife slowly being pushed deep into the center of your soul. According to Esfandiari in speaking to Spin, the album’s title and overall feel were a direct reflection of the lack of control she felt at the time of its creation. Out today, you can stream the album in full below and pick up the album through The Native Sound.

Uncontrollable by Miserable

Terry (members of Total Control, Dick Diver) announce debut album, share "Don't Say Sorry"
Apr 29, 2016 12:52pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Keeping track of all the Melbourne, Australia bands that are related to Total Control is a full time job, but you may remember that Al Montfort (who is also in Dick Diver, UV Race and more) has another new band called Terry who released their excellent debut single last year...

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Braids announce new EP, Companion, share video for moving title track watch
Apr 29, 2016 12:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Braids have announced a new EP, Companion, due out May 20 via Arbutus/Flemish Eye. The four-track effort consists of songs written during the sessions for one of last years best albums, Deep in the Iris.

(Read: Braids: Deep in the Essence)

As a first listen, the Montreal outfit has shared the video for the title tracks. “Companion” is a moving, haunting track built on the heavy breaths of synths. The video is equally stirring, featuring frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston singing to her own doppelgänger while roaming a sophisticated yet stark desert abode. Whatever love or loss she’s touching on in the track is clearly something personally powerful, as more than once it brings a tear to her eye.

Companion EP Artwork:

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Companion Tracklist:
01. Companion
02. Joni
03. Trophies for Paradox
04. Sweet World

Braids have also announced a new round of tour dates for 2016. Many of the dates are in thei...

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