Music

The Best Part of Yo La Tengo’s ‘Stuff Like That There’ Isn’t the Covers — It’s the Band

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There is no heavy lifting involved in listening to Yo La Tengo’s 14th album, Stuff Like That There, but that’s not why it’s a cause for celebration. The durable 30-year-old Hoboken trio leaves aside the guitar squalls, soundtrack atmospherics, and fuzz obfuscation (for now) and finally does what many listeners and record company managers have been waiting a quarter-century for: a return to the hushed acoustic territory of 1990’s Fakebook.
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Kanye West to Recieve MTV’s “Highest Honor” at The VMAs

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MTV has announced that Kanye West will be the recipient of its “highest honor” at this weekend’s Video Music Awards. Kanye will pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, given this year in recognition of West’s “groundbreaking videos” and his impact “on music, art, fashion, and culture.” Previous winners include Madonna, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake.
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A New HBO Doc Gathers “Largest Array of Latino Superstars Ever in a Film” to Celebrate Latino Music

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HBO has announced their upcoming documentary, The Latin Explosion: a New America, directed and produced by Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert (the duo who made the four-Emmy-award-winning HBO doc, Baghdad Er). Major music executive Tommy Mottola (who served as EP on the film) said in a statement that the film, which focuses on Latino music’s influence on American culture as a whole, boasts “the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film.” 
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Wu-Tang Clan Still Hasn’t Sold That $5 Million Album

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Several months after going to auction with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the Wu-Tang Clan has yet to sell their final album, only one copy of which is reported to exist in the world. The album features 31 tracks, all eight living Wu-Tang MCs, and will not be heard by the listening public for 88 years — as per a copyright clause designed by RZA and controversial Wu-Tang affiliate Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh.
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Spotify’s New Privacy Policy: Music’s Not the Product, You Are

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In June 2013, Flavorwire ran a piece about Spotify, written in the wake of Thom Yorke’s condemnation of the service for not paying enough money to up-and-coming artists. At the time, we noted that the service was losing money, and that its business model appeared unsustainable, and wondered how it was planning to survive long-term. Two years later, Spotify is still losing money, and its business model appears to remain unsustainable, but perhaps the answer to the question of ensuring its long-term profitability is becoming clear — or, at least, the company’s strategy for doing so is becoming clear. Whether said strategy will work seems questionable, at best.
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4D: One Direction Members Will Take a Break to Go Solo

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Hypnotized tweens may soon find themselves directionless when One Direction’s powerful spell lifts: the band is reportedly going on hiatus. The Zaynless fab four (Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan) will allegedly be parting ways, at least temporarily, in order to focus on solo work; in the band’s five-year history, this is the first such occurrence. So, worry.  
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