Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
mewithoutYou have been forced to postpone the pre-order for Catch For Us The Foxes due to a lack of communication from Universal Music Group, who owns the masters to mwY’s records. The full message from the band is in the replies.
But Tooth & Nail no longer owns the masters to our records. For whatever reason they were transferred to Universal Music Group. Once UMG had these masters in their possession they squelched all licenses. Gilead and Burnt Toast were no longer allowed to press vinyls of our records. Thats because UMG is a big label with big resources. Vinyl is no longer the niche product it once was and they dont need smaller labels to handle manufacturing for them, making a profit where possible. So now they want to control manufacturing, so they can charge wholesale prices to the buyer. In this case, mewithoutYou is the buyer. What wouldve cost us $6/unit and licensing fee now will cost us $10/unit and licensing fee. And thats fine. Really, it is. It is within their right since those recordings are their intellectual property.
Kozelek attempted to launch into the album’s confessional “Dogs” before noise from the main stage drew the singer into a couple of false starts, prompting him to address the crowd with, “Who the fuck is that?” When audience members jovially informed him that it was Philadelphia band the War on Drugs, Kozelek replied by saying, “I hate that beer commercial lead-guitar shit” before exclaiming, “This next song is called, ‘The War on Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick.’”
Kanye West has responded to criticism from the media about the incident over the weekend in a speech during “Runaway” at his concert in Australia. Watch the video in the replies.
I wanna start with Matt Lauer, because I heard the story’s gonna hit the Today show tomorrow: so Matt, when this runs tomorrow morning, I want you to do me a favor. Don’t try to force me into some fake apology like the last time I was on the show with you. What I want you to do, Matt, what I want you to do is I want you to run the video that everyone is talking about where I so-called screamed at somebody. I want you to run that, since this is such big media press news and obvious shit where you try to demonize people. It’s like, welcome to today’s news ladies and gentlemen!
In the truly breathtaking vein of our very own Paul Tao’s Who Is Arcade Fire?, there is now a dedicated tumblr to the question our nation’s teens, tweens and grandparents have been asking for days: Who Is U2?
Turnover are celebrating celebrating the release of Blue Dream and kicking off their tour with Light Years and Malfunction at a hometown show at Shaka’s in Virginia Beach, VA this Wednesday. We’re teaming up with 151 Productions to give away a pair of tickets. Head to the replies to find out how to win.