• Robin Thicke Aiden Moffat Blurred Lines Opinion

    'Misogynist' Robin Thicke Finds Unlikely Defender in Arab Strap's Aiden Moffat

    Former Arab Strap co-founder and sometimes Mogwai friend Aiden Moffat came under fire earlier this week after posting a sympathetic series of tweets defending Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" against attacks of it as a "misogynist creed." The doggedly independent musician known for his ribald, erotic lyricism wrote at one point, "He might be shite, but his career's been ruined by bullies who haven't bothered to listen to the rest of one song."Read Moffat's full series of tweets below, but the lambasting that followed — coming primarily from males, he points out — found him accused of being a "rape apologist." Today, the Scottish artist published an essay with The Quietus in which he explains his complete position on the hit song."Why do I feel the song has been misinterpreted?" he writes early on.

  • The Faint Scapegoat Video

    The Faint Get Wild in Raucous, Punk-Fueled 'Scapegoat' Video

    After a four-year hiatus, the Faint launched a comeback in 2012, followed with a Coachella set last year, and then dropped their first new album in six years this past spring. Now the Nebraska dance-punks release a new music video for "Scapegoat," from that very LP Doom Abuse, that's a pretty simple and perfect representation of the song's raucous energy. Seen above, via Stereogum, the band tears up a basement party as time stops and the camera moves through the crowd, capturing images of pure, unadulterated DIY-style shreddery. It's over and done with in two minutes, so you probably have time to watch it twice.

  • Rome Fortune Four Tet Lights Low Stream

    Rome Fortune, Four Tet Team for Darkly Brooding 'Lights Low'

    In May we caught our first whiff of Atlanta MC Rome Fortune and cosmic beat-maker Four Tet's out-of-body collaboration on "One Time For" and since have been craving a followup fix (they promised us a sequel, after all). Now part two arrives, via Pitchfork, in the shape of the darkly brooding "Lights Low." Therein, the English producer arpeggiates us into space with a manic progression nicely contrasted by Fortune's mellow, blurry verse-work. There's more good news, too, as Fortune's Soundcloud page teases possible future team-ups, stating, "Track 2 of ? between myself & FourTet."Here's hoping there's more to come. Listen here:

  • Cassie Ramone Vivan Girls Hangin On The Time Has Come Stream

    Vivian Girls' Cassie Ramone Announces Solo LP With 'Hangin On' Stream

    Since the Vivian Girls officially split earlier this year, bassist Katy Goodman's been fully pursuing her La Sera project, and we've been waiting to hear how guitarist Cassie Ramone will spend her newly freed-up time. Of course, she and Woods-founder Kevin Morby make Babies, but now Ramone is branching off on her own. Today she announced plans to release her debut album this summer, called The Time Has Come out August 26 via Loglady.As Pitchfork reports, Ramone recorded the eight songs in apartments across New York and Los Angeles, giving it a warm lo-fi je ne sais quoi. Ariel Pink guests on bass on a few of the LP's tracks as well, and wrote this extensive, informative press release bio: "This is Cassie's first record. She used to sing and play guitar in Vivian Girls. She recorded these songs by herself over the last year or so. She hopes you like the record.

  • Kanye West Rant Set List Joke

    Read Kanye West's 'Set List' Complete With Rant Prompts

    It's been a month since Kanye West delivered his masked, rant-tastic Bonnaroo performance, which — like much of his career — divided his audience. And only days ago, at London's Wireless Festival, he unleashed a 15-minute Auto-Tuned tirade against racism in the fashion industry. Such speeches are commonplace from West, but while one may assume they're impromptu, a new "set list" released by Funny or Die suggests otherwise.The document is of course fake, but it's pretty hilarious. Amidst the songs, we see him preparing a talk about why he's mad at Louis Vuitton "right now," another one on how he invented leather sweatpants (followed by a Q&A on the subject), and then one big blowout rant to close that touches on nearly 20 topics. His encore? Farting into the microphone and talking about how good it smells for 20 minutes.Check it out here:

  • Haim Vanessa Bayer Sound Advice Sisters

    Haim, Too, Refuse to Take Vanessa Bayer's 'Sound Advice'

    Former SPIN cover stars Haim have joined the ranks of Tegan and Sara, TV on the Radio, and Drake as guests on Vanessa Bayer's awkward faux-media-coach video series Sound Advice. With Danielle out sick, Este and Alana represented the family band, sitting down for an interview with the Saturday Night Live star's Janessa Slater character. "So you guys are sisters, and your last name is Haim," says Bayer. "So you're kind of like the female Nelson, with slightly shorter hair?" She continues, "So what does Haim mean in Hebrew? Let me guess — 'She who parts hair in the middle'?"The interview gets increasingly more contentious as Bayer tries to get the two Haims to split and dish on their sister, asking, "Did she not come because she was, like, being a bitch?" But despite all catty attempts at getting the women to turn on Danielle, Este and Alana only respond with sympathy.

  • Jay Z No Doubt Fun the Roots Global Citizens Festival

    Jay Z to Headline Cause-Driven Global Citizen Festival

    We saw Jay Z keep the peace with Nas at Coachella earlier this year, performing onstage with his once rival. Now the Brooklyn native is lending his massive popularity to some issues larger than ancient hip-hop beef: Hov will headline this year's Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park, with the purpose of addressing and taking action against the issue of extreme poverty worldwide.The September 27 event will also include Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, fun., Tiësto, and the Roots. This will be its third consecutive iteration, timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Last year's show included John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello, and Kings of Leon, and the year before saw sets from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, Band of Horses, John Legend, and K'naan.The festival is expected to draw a 60,000-strong crowd.

  • Arctic Monkeys Involved 1.2 Billion UK Tax Scheme

    Arctic Monkeys Named in £1.2 Billion U.K. Tax Scheme

    Of late, Arctic Monkeys have treated us to bits of vice and debauchery via the sex-charged, voyeuristic clip for "Snap Out of It" and that NSFW night out that took place in the "Arabella" video. Now it looks like the British quartet is in some hot water over far less sexy, though patently criminal, activity.All four band members — Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley, and Matt Helders — have been named in a list of about 1,600 British citizens who allegedly tried to shelter a combined £1.2 billion through what the The Times of London (via Gigwise) calls an "aggressive tax avoidance scheme" also known as the "Liberty tax strategy."The Times reported that Turner, Cook, O'Malley, and Helders each paid £38,000 to £84,000 in fees to shelter £557,000 to £1.1 million in toto (that's $1.8 million U.S. at most). The band has not yet commented.

  • Interpol All The Rage Back Home Video El Pintor

    Interpol's 'All the Rage Back Home' Video Is a Surfer's Wet Dream

    Last month we heard Interpol would be delivering their new album El Pintor in September, and even got a taste from a professional-amateur live video for the song "Anywhere" soon after. Now the New York band has released the first official video off of its first album in four years with "All the Rage Back Home." The new track opens with plaintive guitar and Paul Banks' inimitable deep coo, but then bursts forth with unexpected upbeat aplomb. Frilly guitar-work compliments the driving drums, while we hear words about falling, love, swirly heads, and shaking frames. The video was co-directed by frontman Paul Banks with Sophia Peer, who's done work with the National, Paramore, Yeasayer, and Banks' solo project previously. In it dimly lit footage of the band is contrasted against shots of a surfer in action. It's pretty swell.SPIN caught Interpol at Governor's Ball last month.

  • Weezer Everything Will Be Alright Release Date Video Ric Ocasek

    Weezer: New LP Will be 'Blue Album' Meets 'Pinkerton'

    Ever since a certain iconic '90s band launched its "Weezer Wednesday" weekly video series, we've been getting a welcome, steady stream of content which we now know is teasing the new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. We've received some perplexing sound swatches, a video depicting a young Rivers Cuomo leaving home to follow his dreams, monstrous album art, and a clip of some new music blended with live footage.Now Weezer have announced a September 30 drop-date for the project alongside a new preview — seen above — for a song called "Return to Ithaca," which appears to be the same cruise-debuted cut previously thought to be called "Back the the Shack."As Consequence of Sound points out, Weezer drummer Pat Wilson dropped some further insight into the record's direction in an in-the-studio interview with EW.

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