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Weekend Music Meltdown – January 22, 2012

A very interesting week for technology news has just passed. Wednesday saw major websites like Wikipedia ‘blacked out’ for the day, in protest of legislature that was on it’s way through the US System in regards to copyright law (SOPA – The Stop Online Piracy Act), and what is legal on the net (PIPA – The Protect IP Act). Obviously someone noticed, as CNN is reporting the bills are on the shelf for now. I guess when Google gets 7 million signatures in one day, and people get off of their computer chairs and hit the streets, things can change. And I guess it’ll be longer than 72 minutes until that video resumes. Popular file sharing/streaming site MegaUpload was shut down after officials raided their offices Thursday, seizing their assets. The website is accused of costing copyright holders over $500 Million (All figures in USD) and making over $170 Million in ad revenue/premium membership fees. More Here.

Here‘s an unrelated article, which talks about the positive aspects to copyright reform.

Bruce Springsteen has announced that Rage Against The Machine / Audioslave / The Nightwatchman guitarist Tom Morello will be playing on his new record. 2012 is set to be a big year for The Boss, with the new record ‘Wrecking Ball‘ (Which drops March 6), Keynote Speech at SXSW and (of course) a world tour. Check out the new single, “We Take Care Of Our Own” Below:

One of 2011’s most talked about bands is a little lighter this week. Following the success of their record Helplesness Blues, The Fleet Foxes have announced that they’ve parted ways with drummer J. Tillman. Tillman was an accomplished artist before the folkers blew up last year, so this isn’t completely unexpected. More details are here.

The Mars Volta have detailed some of the themes surrounding their new record, Noctourniquet. You can read about them, and see some fan-shot videos of the new tunes over at SPIN.

Rise Against are one of the contributors to the new Amnesty International Collection ‘Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan’ – Watch below how they put together their contribution, “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”

Alan Cross has a great article about how The City of Kingston wants to honour The Tragically Hip, and what you can do to help. You can find all the details on his blog.

Ever wanted to record at Abbey Road? Now you can, you just need money. Find out how

The latest Eco-Trend seems to be a solar-powered studio. There is a great article here, where Cake discuss their sun fueled recording space.

Death Cab For Cutie are set to tour again, in support of their latest album Codes & Keys. This time, however, they are taking an orchestra with them. Pitchfork has the details, and the dates here. No Ottawa show, but shows in Toronto & Montreal.

Said The Whale have announced details regarding their next album. “Little Mountain” will hit stores March 6th, with the first single dropping in February. This will be the 3rd LP for the prolific band, and the iTunes release also includes a cover of Tokyo Police Club’s “A Lesson In Crime” – Exclaim! has more about the release, including their multi-platform multimedia plan to promote the album, and their North American Tour Dates, which include April 11, 2012 at Ritual here in Ottawa.

New Tunes

K’Naan has a new EP coming out later this month. ‘More Beautiful Than Silence’ will be distributed through iTunes, and comes ahead of his previously announced LP, set for a spring release. This EP features a tune with Nelly Furtado, and 4 other tunes, including the first single check out the lyric video for “Nothing to Lose” featuring Nas.

Yasiin Bey (He who was once known as Mos Def) has announced a new project, which will see the hip-hop star reinterpreting the hits of today, entitled ‘Top 40 Underdog’. The first in this series is his take on The Throne’s “Niggas In Paris” – Check out “Niggas In Poorest” below:

Foster The People have released a new tune. “Ruby” has been part of their live set for a while, but now the studio version is available to listen (below) or thanks to the poster on YouTube, To Download

Tennis’ Album ‘Young & Old’ doesn’t hit shelves until Valentine’s Day, however, the Denver Trio made an appearance on CBC’s “Q” and played 3 new songs from the record. You can hear the tunes here.

California indie group Cold War Kids have gone through a lineup change recently. Guitarist Jonathan Russell is out, and in his place is former Modest Mouse Dann Gallucci. The LA Times has more on the changes, their upcoming residencies, and their new EP, which you can stream or download here.

Montreal’s Islands have a couple of tunes out, to build excitement for their upcoming album ‘A Sleep & A Forgetting’ which will be available February 14th. You can hear “Hallways” here (Thanks to The NJ Underground) and you can see the video for “This Is Not A Song” below:

Islands – This Is Not A Song from stereogum on Vimeo.


One comment on “Weekend Music Meltdown – January 22, 2012

  1. offshore bank account
    February 1, 2012

    An interesting mix of inspired mellow rock and moody calm, Something About Airplanes is the highly listenable, infectious debut from Death Cab for Cutie, a band that has now released several other albums and enjoyed a moderate amount of success. From listening to this, it’s not hard to see why. Death Cab is bouncier than Coldplay and calmer than Modest Mouse, finding a nice niche in between. “Bend To Squares” and “Your Bruise” have a gothic feel, while “President of What” and “Pictures in an Exhibition” are a little lighter feel to them. I wonder about how the band was spread around amongst so many people, since almost all of these tracks are too different to be played on radio. I can only think that it must have been word of mouth, because after hearing this, I had to tell everyone I knew about them. Hopefully my review will have convinced another listener unfamiliar with the group to buy this album and start listening to the band’s other releases as well.


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