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Sean Hannity: Ban Rap Albums Alongside Confederate Flag

Sean Hannity raised his hand on his radio show Thursday to ask a question regarding the decision of many major retailers to stop selling the Confederate flag: “Can you still buy a Jay Z CD at Walmart? Does the music department at Sears have any Ludacris albums? Can I download 50 Cent on Amazon?” As Media Matters  points out, the Fox News and conservative talk show host proceeded to guide his listeners down an outrageous slope equating a symbol of slavery, oppression and treason to the periodically problematic lyrics that appear in hip-hop songs. “Now, why do I say that?” Hannity continued

Early Television, Richard Hell Songs to Feature on New Box Set

A new box set will collect the entire “known” output of early punk label Ork Records put out in the mid-Seventies, including songs by Television , ex-Television guitarist Richard Hell, Big Star and Box Tops frontman Alex Chilton , Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome and critic and former Rolling Stone contributor Lester Bangs, among others. The two-CD and four-LP set, Ork Records: New York, New York comes on the heels of the vinyl-only Ork: Box , which came out in a limited edition on Record Store Day. Readers Poll: The Best Punk Rock Bands of All Time The release, which will come out on October 30th via Numero Group, also comes with a 120-page book containing photos and stories about the label, which Television’s manager, Terry Ork, founded in order to put out their debut seven-inch, “Little Johnny Jewel.” The imprint put out new music from punk and rock & roll bands between 1975 and 1979. Both the vinyl and CD editions of Ork Records: New York, New York will also be available in a version that includes a bonus 45 containing two previously unreleased tracks by the Feelies, “A Boy Next Door” backed with a cover of Burt Bacharach’s “My Little Red Book.” That edition will be limited to a pressing of 2,000. The previously released Ork: Box contained 16 seven-inches including “Little Johnny Jewel,” Television guitarist Richard Lloyd’s “Get Off My Cloud,” Chilton’s “Singer Not the Song” and Chrome’s “Still Wanna Die.” The new box set contains 49 songs total, including the ones from the previous box set.

Hear Lauryn Hill, Usher Interpret Nina Simone Classics

Three more tracks from the upcoming Nina Simone tribute album, Nina Revisited , find Lauryn Hill ,  Usher  and Jazmine Sullivan putting unique spins on the jazz legend’s songs. Hill, who co-produced the compilation, transforms Simone’s vocal showstopper “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” from a pensive piano ballad into a lush tapestry of electronics, guitar and orchestra over which she channels the original’s heartache. Usher takes Simone’s upbeat, bouncy jazz standard “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and turns it into a modern-sounding, poppy R&B tune, though his soaring vocals harken back to Simone’s era. And Sullivan puts a harder-edged take on Simone’s reggae-inflected song “Baltimore.” Watch Usher’s Killer Cover of Blake Shelton’s ‘Light’ Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone is due out July 10th, and, in addition to the newly released covers, features Simone songs by Mary J.

The Playlist: Beck, Blur and a Black Keys Side Project

1. The Arcs, “Stay in My Corner” Dan Auerbach’s got a brand-new band! The first thing we’ve heard from the Black Keys frontman’s side gig is this sweet, laid-back slice of falsetto soul, with a melody that reminds us of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” We’re psyched for the Arcs’ debut album, Yours, Dreamily, in September. 2. Beck, “Dreams” We love sad-folkie Beck as much as anyone, but dance-y Beck is even better.

Thundercat Welcomes ‘Them Changes,’ Preps New Mini-Album

Los Angeles bassist, producer and songwriter Thundercat will release a new mini-album, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam , on June 22nd, teasing the project with the bumping, buoyant new track, “Them Changes.” Thundercat’s Cosmic Bass Odyssey Flying Lotus — whose Brainfeeder label will release the mini-LP — co-produced the track, which boasts a melange of sticky, gurgling synths over which the occasional plunking piano, sailing sax and Thundercat’s own soft vocals soar. “I’m sitting here with a black hole in my chest / A heartless broken mess,” he croons, finding the joyous funk even in abject misery. The six-track The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam marks Thundercat’s first set of solo material since 2013’s  Apocalypse . Along with contributions from Flying Lotus, the mini-album boasts an appearance from Herbie Hancock, who plays keyboards on “Lone Wolf & Cub.” The collection also features Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly on saxophone, strings and production, respectively.

Iron Maiden Announce New Double Album ‘The Book of Souls’

Metal legends Iron Maiden have announced the release of their new album, The Book of Souls , for later this fall. The album will set a couple of milestones for the group: It will be the band’s first-ever double studio LP and also feature the sextet’s longest-ever song. The 92-minute album will be released on September 4th, a date predicated on frontman Bruce Dickinson getting time to recover from his recent bout with tongue cancer. He got the “all clear” last month.

Apple Denies Allegations of Thuggish Treatment of Musicians

Despite reports to the contrary, an Apple representative tells Rolling Stone that the company is not threatening to remove music from its iTunes Store by artists who do not sign up for its new streaming service Apple Music . “It will not be taken off,” a spokesperson for the company says. The 5 Most Powerful People in Streaming Music The controversy arose when Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe took to Twitter with a series of missives alleging an official Apple rep had contacted him about the Apple Music service. The company is planning on offering the streaming service for free for its first three months, and it sparked controversy when news leaked that Apple did not intend to pay labels royalties on music streamed during that time period. Newcombe, however, claimed the company bullied him during his Apple Music negotiations

Indie Label Beggars Group Expresses Apple Music Concerns

While Apple Music sealed deals  with the three major record labels prior to announcing their splashy new streaming service/24-hour radio network , many independent labels have been reluctant to align themselves  with Apple’s upcoming service. Beggars Group, which boasts labels like Matador, XL Recordings, 4AD and others under its umbrella, is one such major indie to hold off from signing with Apple Music, as they explain in  a statement titled “With regards to Apple Music…” Jimmy Iovine on ‘Filling Hole’ With Apple Music Beggars Group, like many of the unsigned independent labels, are especially apprehensive about Apple Music’s three-month free preview offer to users, a period in which artists will not be compensated for what is streamed on the service. “We are naturally very concerned, especially for artists releasing new albums in the next three months, that all streaming on the new service will be unremunerated until the end of September,” Beggars Group wrote. “Whilst we understand the logic of their proposal and their aim to introduce a subscription-only service, we struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple’s customer acquisition costs. “We fear that the free trial aspect, far from moving the industry away from freemium services – a model we support – is only resulting in taking the ‘mium’ out of freemium,” they continued.

Neil Young corporate targets hit back

Companies targeted by Neil Young on his latest album The Monsanto Years have hit back at the veteran musician.

Neil Young’s Wolf Moon

Neil Young has released a video for his track Wolf Moon.

Apple Introduces Apple Music: Streaming Service, 24/7 Radio

After months of speculation, Apple  officially announced their long-in-the-works subscription streaming music service Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. Dubbed “Apple Music,” the service is both an update to the company’s iTunes Store as well as Apple’s response to Spotify’s industry-leading streaming service and Jay Z’s fledgling, all-star Tidal . Apple Music’s plan includes a “revolutionary music service curated by the leading music experts we helped handpick,” a 24/7 worldwide radio station and “Connect,” an “ecosystem” that allows for artists to communicate directly with fans. Dr. Dre, Inc.: A Brief History of Mogul’s Biggest Deals “History has had a very rich history of change, some of which we have a part in,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said before introducing a video touching on the history of music distribution from 1888 to Apple Music, “the next chapter in music.” Beats founder Jimmy Iovine then detailed the service and how “it’s all the ways you love music, all in one place.” Iovine called the current state of music a multi-medium “fragmented mess.” “For fans, we’ve tried to create a complete experience,” Iovine said

Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers Dead at 88

Singer Ronnie Gilbert, who helped catalyze the folk revolution of the 1960s as one fourth of the Weavers, died of natural causes on Saturday in a retirement community outside of San Francisco, The New York Times  reports. Her longtime partner, Donna Korones, confirmed the death. She was 88. Watch Rare Pete Seeger Footage From 1961 Gilbert’s striking contralto was a distinct voice in a quartet full of them. The Weavers, which also included Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman, drew from various strains of American and global roots music, but were best known for their renditions of folk standards like “Kisses Sweeter than Wine,” Woody Guthrie’s “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh” and Lead Belly’s “Goodnight Irene.” The Weavers’ first concerts were often free performances at union meetings and on picket lines. In 1949, about to break up, they were offered a two week residency at the Village Vanguard in New York City that proved so successful they stayed for six months

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