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Hear Ballroom Cancer's fascinatingly weird 'Misinterest'


Boulder, Colorado-based sonic auteur Jake Sheppard used to play under the un-Googleable alias Animals, but before releasing his debut EP Lightning, No? he switched to the more evocative (and considerably weirder) moniker Ballroom Cancer.

The record’s second single is the fascinatingly strange “Misinterest,” which finds unexplored common ground between Scott Walker and Kanye West and offers something new and novel to listeners who appreciate a challenge.


This Week in Diplo: A visit to the cover of 'Fast Company'


This week, Fast Company‘s Diplo cover story, “Why the World is Moving to Diplo’s Beat,” tries to answer the age-old question: What does a mogul make?

Delving into Diplo’s many different ventures (DJ, producer, label head, restauranteur, cartoonist, occasional model, perpetual social media maven, an investor of new people and newer technology) as well as his role models (he cites Virgin Records’ Richard Branson) it’s a good read. It’s also a great peek not just into Diplo’s mad, mad world, but also into the increasingly necessarity for artists to build their empires across as many different disciplines and revenue streams as possible.

Also on the interview front this week—inthemix posted an in-depth chat with the artist. Diplo revealed a few things: The new Major Lazer is pretty much finished, a new single is coming out in January (album collaborators include Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Travis Scott, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and MØ), and he, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and SOPHIE did a song together. (SOPHIE is arguably the most popular anonymous name of 2014; if you thought Jaden and Willow had a crazy interview, read this one between Billboard and the elusive producer.)

Following in the footsteps of Thom Yorke, Diplo has released an album on BitTorrent—his reissued 2004 Florida will be available for free or $5 on Black Friday. The paid version includes the entire album. The free bundle comes with an Eprom remix of “Big Lost,” emails between him and Big Dada as well as a bunch of stickers, illustrations, and images.

And as social-media followers of Diplo’s already know, Diplo went on the Mad Decent Boat Party.

I am having a hard time coming up with captions for the insanity. I hope you can understand.

And as Diplo and Skrillex continue promoting their Madison Square Garden extravaganza, DJ SKEE reported this week that the duo gave Justin Bieber’s forthcoming album an electronic makeover. SKEE says that even people who aren’t “feeling Bieber” (a number which seems perpetually on the rise) will be surprised.

Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips cover John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

The Flaming Lips have a Beatles obsession. On last month’s With A Little Help From My Fwends, the experimental psych-rockers teamed with Miley Cyrus, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, and many more to cover every song off 1967′s classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now they’ve partnered with Yoko Ono to cover John Lennon solo cut “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for All Is Bright, a 40-track Amazon Prime holiday compilation. READ FULL STORY

Sleater-Kinney shares snippets of two new songs

Back in October, Sleater-Kinney surprised fans with the big reveal that the career-spanning box set they’re about to release isn’t just a look back at their incredibly influential career but the first chapter in a new phase of their collaboration.

They broke the news with a new song, “Bury Our Friends,” and during an interview on NPR’s All Songs Considered yesterday they played snippets of two more recent recordings.

You can hear the interview here, and if you’re in a rush you can skip ahead to 19:19 to hear “Surface Envy” and to 32:39 for a bit of “No Cities to Love.”

Jessie J rocks 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' with two songs from new album

Jessie J has been ruling the charts with “Bang Bang” in recent weeks—but she proved she has more than a  few great performances in her when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday.


Beyonce's new songs '7/11' and 'Ring Off' arrive

It was a little disappointing to learn that the deluxe edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album would only feature two new songs, but now those songs are here.  READ FULL STORY

Arcade Fire's Will Butler announces solo debut


Arcade Fire’s Will Butler will release a solo album, Policy, on March 10 via Merge Records. The multi-instrumentalist Butler joined Arcade Fire shortly after his brother Win founded the band.

Will has performed outside of Arcade Fire before. Earlier this year, he and Owen Pallett were nominated for an Oscar for their work on the Her soundtrack.

Butler hasn’t put out an official single yet, but he’s recently debuted new material at small solo shows. Check out one of those new songs below. READ FULL STORY

Country singers Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman come out publicly (Updated)

Ty Herndon, a country singer known for hits like “What Mattered Most” and “Living in a Moment,” spoke about his sexuality publicly for the first time in People interview published Nov. 20. “I’m an out, proud, and happy gay man,” he told People. 

Herndon, now 51, says he started coming out to his close family when he was 20—but wants to come out to the whole world now in hopes that he can help others, especially others who are struggling to reconcile their gay identity with religion.

“They can be loved by God, they can be married one day, they can have a family, they can give their parents grandkids,” Herndon said. “And they’re not broken, they’re not sinners, and they’re perfectly beautiful.” READ FULL STORY

Billboard reformulates its Top 200 albums chart

The Billboard 200 albums chart will look a little different after Thanksgiving. Starting with the installment of the chart that goes live online Dec. 4, positions won’t be determined simply by the number of albums sold—in a nod to modern music-buying habits, 10 digital track sales from one album, or 1,500 streams, will be considered the equivalent of one album purchase.

The rejiggered formula should be a boon to artists with younger, more digitally savvy audiences, who tend to purchase tracks a la carte rather than as entire albums or prefer streaming over buying. Billboard predicts that Ariana Grande, Hozier, and Maroon 5 stand to benefit from the change. READ FULL STORY

Stream an EP of cathartic synthpop by L.A. duo Radar Cult


These days you can barely swing a MIDI controller without hitting a synthpop band, but LA duo Radar Cult sets itself apart from an increasingly crowded field not only by tapping into the slightly menacing analog tones of vintage John Carpenter scores, but by infusing their music with real emotion.

The pair have their debut LP scheduled for release next year on the Plug Research label. In the meantime, they’re putting out a five-song EP called Splitting that sounds like Erasure writing notes to an unrequited love on an overcast day. It’s due out Nov. 25, and EW has an exclusive first listen below.


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