Lightsmade a children's book for her niece who was born with rare Apert Syndrome. You can download it here.
Over the holidays I made my little toddler niece, Fern, who was born with rare Apert Syndrome, a book about a little girl with Apert. I wanted her to have some reading material that featured a person with four digit hands, surgery scars, a hearing aid and ortho boots (to name a few of things she will be raised dealing with) because there are pretty much no books that she can relate to on that level. If any little one you know of has Apert Syndrome, pass it on to their fam.
American Football’s origins can be traced to the humble Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois where Mike Kinsella and Steve Holmes grew up playing in bands and learning to play guitar while Steve Lamos was playing horn instruments in polka bands with his father in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Teen Suicide will release It's The Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir The Honeypot (a 26-song double LP) on April 1st via Run For Cover Records. Check out the video for the new song "Alex" in the replies. (via Paper) The band will also be joining the mewithoutYou and Say Anything tour this April.
1. Living Proof
2. The Big Joyous Celebration
5. Obvious Love
6. It’s Just a Pop Song
8. Wild Thing Runs Free
9. Bright Blue Pickup Truck
10. Big Mistake
11. What You Want
13. Neighborhood Drug Dealer
14. Have a Conversation
19. The Things I Love Are Killing Me
20. Falling Out Of...
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino has written an essay about sexism in the music industry, about everything from journalists to online trolls. Check it out via the Lenny Letter.
Did anyone call The Beatles “whiny babies” for singing the lyrics “This boy wants you back again”? Did anyone call them “desperate” or “needy” for singing “Oh please say to me / You’ll let me be your man / And please say to me / You’ll let me hold your hand”?
Sparrow Sleeps released an album of NOFX lullabies this morning called Good Night and Thanks For the Snooze. Check it out here.
01 - What's the Matter With Parents Today?
02 - Jeff Wears Birkenstocks
03 - Don't Call Me White
04 - She's Nubs
05 - Stickin In My Eye
06 - Philthy Phil Philanthropist
07 - Bob
08 - I Am An Alcoholic
09 - Dinosaurs Will Die
10 - Linoleum
Last week we told you about a strangely intrusive bill being proposed in Philadelphia to essentially make musicians "register" before they could play shows in the city. That bill has now been removed from legislative consideration. So here's at least one good political story for today.
Drake is appearing in a T-Mobile ad during the Super Bowl in which he accepts changes to "Hotline Bling" at the suggestion of corporate executives. Watch in the replies, and wonder with me: is meta commentary for a company any better than flat out selling your art?
This past weekend, I attended the Radio 104.5 Winter Jam in Philadelphia, where Summer Scouts and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness brought house down on an unseasonably warm winter afternoon. Hit the replies to read my review of the show and check out the gallery of photos I took at the festival.
Rosedale is the brainchild of Toronto musician Mike Liorti. Despite being a solo project, the music incorporates a full-band sound akin to Relient K, All Time Low and Boxcar Racer. Head to the replies to stream a new song titled "Breakin' Me Down." The track will appear on Rosedale's self-titled album, which will be self-released on February 23rd.
The Artery Foundation/Artery Recordings owner Eric Rushing has launched a full-service studio in Sacramento, dubbed Gold Standard Sounds.
After 20 years in the music industry I'm extremely excited to open a state of the art recording studio in my hometown. Not only did I open this studio so that that bands could record music but I created a really cool environment for writing sessions, video sessions and listening parties. This will be a great addition for the label and management company that we have built on a local and national level. GSS showcases the only SSL Console in town and with a big LA studio vibe.
Future just dropped Purple Reign a few weeks back, but apparently he's already got another one coming this friday: DJ Khaled announced on Snapchat alongside Future himself that he will be premiering a new Future album on his We The Best radio show debut on Apple Music. The show will air at 8 PM EST on Friday.
Gallagher has a clear goal in mind for his third High Flying Birds LP. "I'm doing some stuff that, this time in particular, will get really, properly ignored in America," he says. "I don't just mean ignored like the rest of 'em. I mean properly ignored. That's what I'm aiming for: total, total anonymity. I'm sick and tired of being in New York and being pestered by one person a month. That's gotta f-----g stop."
With Legendary, we were given a small taste of the "big leagues," the finer things, and the radio, and then bad timing led to the radio pulling the rug out from under us. Nothing we could do, but I knew I wanted more, so I put so much pressure on myself to write a bigger, better song. I felt trapped, and started avoiding making a new album by running away from it entirely.
Adam Young of Owl Citywill be releasing a score every month based on his interpretation of stories that mean something to him. His first, Apollo 11, is available on Apple Music and Spotify.
If there is a historical event I wish I could've witnessed more than any other, it may well be the events that took place during July 16-24, 1969. Men went to the moon, returned to Earth, and history changed forever. For as long as I can remember, I've marveled at the story of the Apollo 11 mission, and the older I get, the more inspired I feel. In the history of mankind, perhaps no other technological leap forward symbolizes the same imagination, humanity and wonder quite like the Apollo 11...
The RIAA's rules for gold and platinum certifications have changed, with the organization now including streams towards the units necessary to achieve certification. Similar to Billboard/Nielson's methods of counting sales, 1,500 streams will equate to ten track sales and thus an album sale. The result is that 17 albums have now hit a new certification today, including Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly being certified platinum. Check out the full list of newly certified albums in the replies.