Just read this article over at The Verge that explains how, "Spotify plans to ask labels for the rights to extend its free tier to mobile devices and make substantial cuts to the royalty fees it pays artists." And, while I am glad these services exist compared to piracy, I can't help but agree with the conclusion from The Brief:
No matter the outcome, artists are on the losing end: Spotify wins, and if their talks result in a favorable outcome, paves the way for Pandora et al to follow suit; the labels, who get shares in Spotify in return for their licensing agreements, win; users, who get access to a giant catalog of music whether they pay or not, win; and artists get to watch rich...
Pet Symmetry (members of Into It. Over It. and Dowsing) will release their debut 7", Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles., this spring via Asian Man Records. Listen to one of its tracks, "A Detailed and Poetic Physical Threat to the Person Who Intentionally Vandalized my 1994 Dodge Intrepid Behind Kate's Apartment," in the replies.
Antique Records has announced the April 6th release of a 7" pressing of Maura's Outlier EP. The pressing is limited to 200 copies and available for preorder for only $5 here. The first single, "My Shoes Fit," can be heard here.
You can listen to Kids and Heroes' Chalet over here. The record will be available through iTunes on Tuesday and the band will play a CD release show at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, MB on February 22nd.
Stream a new Hierophant song titled "Son of the Tongue's Prison". It comes from their upcoming Bridge 9 debut, Great Mother: Holy Monster, out on March 26th. Recommended for fans of Trap Them, Weekend Nachos, Converge, Bone Dance, Nails, and Gaza.
The Maccabees will be recording their new album this year but have decided to set up a podcast whilst they do so. The Maccabees Hour Or So Of Music will include music that the band are enjoying during the recording (or in general) and have them all talking about it as well. Subscribe for free here.
Theophilus London and Jesse Boykins III have teamed up to create a new project called Paris 96. You can expect the debut EP from the duo sometime in April and you can check out the first song from it, titled "Afternoon," in the replies.