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Fyre Festival Founder Explains Disaster,...

Fyre Festival, a new luxury festival scheduled to take place in the Bahamas this weekend, was postponed after a chaotic turn of events. The campsite appeared to be half-finished, bands cancelled their appearances, and planes were reportedly grounded because the island was at capacity. After an apology from festival co-creator Ja Rule (“I’m heartbroken at this moment. My partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was NOT A SCAM.”) and a statement from the Bahama Ministry of Tourism, the festival’s founder and co-organizer, Billy McFarland, explained the disaster...
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Hamilton Leithauser Announces New Live A...

Last year, Hamilton Leithauser (the Walkman) and Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) released a new album called Had a Dream That You Were Mine. Now, they’re releasing a new live album, I Won’t Let Up: Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg, in conjunction with Leithauser’s newly extended tour. The LP was recorded during a three-show stint in New York. It will be released on vinyl as an exclusive with Vinyl Me Please and can only be purchased in a bundle with a ticket to a show on the new tour, which has dates in the U.S. and Europe. Purchase the bundle here...
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Listen to Killer Mike Talk Run the Jewel...

Killer Mike was the guest on the latest episode of Hannibal Burress’ “Handsome Rambler” podcast. It was recorded live at Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Lounge on 4/20 (Mike’s birthday). Listen to the full podcast below. During the episode, Mike talks about why he’d make a terrible Mayor (holding meetings in strip clubs), probes some Atlanta conspiracy theories, retells the Run the Jewels origin story, and opens up about how he and Big Boi were originally supposed to be raccoons for their appearance on HBO’s “Animals” before he shut it down (“We ended up being foxes because I...
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Björk Announces Career-Spanning Songbook...

Björk has announced a new career-spanning songbook. It’s titled 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste, and it comes out June 5 via Wise Publications. She made the book in collaboration with pianist Jonas Sen, design house M/M Paris (responsible for the Vulnicura Live (Luxury Boxset) with the amazing moth mask), and engraver Werner Wolff. Previously, Björk said she’d been working on the book for the past six years. 34 Scores includes arrangements of songs from Debut, Post, Homogenic, Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, Drawing Restraint 9, Volta, and Vulnicura....
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Ryan Adams Releases Prisoner B-Sides Fea...

Earlier this year, Ryan Adams released his new album Prisoner. He also announced an absurdly elaborate Prisoner: End of World Edition box set, featuring action figures, a play set, and each of the album’s tracks, as well as 17 previously unreleased B-sides, spread across multiple 7” records. Adams has now made those rarities available separately from the box. Stream Prisoner B-Sides below. Adams is currently on a world tour in support of Prisoner; he will be joined by Jenny Lewis for select...
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Ja Rule Apologizes for Fyre Festival Dis...

Fyre Festival, a new luxury fest due to launch in the Bahamas this weekend, was postponed this morning after attendees reported a chaotic festival site. Now, festival co-creator Ja Rule has addressed the situation. In a note on Twitter, which he says is not his official statement, he writes, “We are working right now on getting everyone of [sic] the island SAFE. That is my immediate concern.” He adds, “I’m heartbroken at this moment. My partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was NOT A SCAM.” In addition to promising refunds, he continues, “I truly apologize...
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Spacemen 3 Take Down Request Asking Fans...

Just before Record Store Day (last Saturday, April 22), Jason Pierce and Peter “Sonic Boom” Kember posted on Spiritualized’s Twitter and Facebook accounts asking fans not to buy new reissues of albums by their former band Spacemen 3. The reissues were released via Space Age Recordings, the label run by Gerald Palmer, the band’s ex-manager. Pierce and Kember wrote, “We are currently in legal dispute with Gerald Palmer due to him depriving us of our rights in our music and other intellectual property rights...
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Listen to Aphex Twin’s New Song “4xAtlan...

Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) has shared a new demo. It’s called “4xAtlantis take1,” and it was “made to test out the Poly CV feature on the Cirklon,” a rep for sequencer manufacturer Sequentix has confirmed to Pitchfork. (He also used 4 Intellijel Atlantix modules to make “4xAtlantis take1.”) The track arrives in Sequentix’s new video from the Berlin electronic music and gear fair Superbooth. Check out James’ demo in the video below. Last year, Aphex Twin released the Cheetah EP. The seven-track effort included two songs named after Sequentix’s Cirklon: “CIRKLON3...