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Music Post! Feat. Bat for Lashes, Nas, Killer Mike, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West

Watch: Bat for Lashes' Seven Song Set on the BBC
Including material from The Haunted Man
By Jenn Pelly on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.

Today at BBC 6 Music's Maida Vale Studios in London, Bat for Lashes performed seven songs, including material from her upcoming record The Haunted Man, as well as tracks from previous albums Two Suns and Fur and Gold. From the new album, out October 23 in the U.S. via Capitol and October 15 in the UK via Parlophone/EMI, she performed "Laura", "Marilyn", and "All Your Gold".

Check out the performance, after the setlist, as well as a recent "Pitchfork Weekly" segment with Bat for Lashes wherein she discusses the The Haunted Man.

01 Glass
02 All Your Gold
03 Travelling Woman
04 Laura
05 Marilyn
06 Tahiti
07 Daniel


Watch Nas Play Bartender to a Stand-in Amy Winehouse in the New "Cherry Wine" Video
By Carrie Battan on October 2, 2012 at 09:10 a.m.

Here's the video for Nas' "Cherry Wine" from Life Is Good, one of his posthumous collaboration tracks with the late Amy Winehouse. Directed by Jay Martin, it features Nas tending a vintage bar, making eyes with a woman who's possibly meant to play Winehouse. Meanwhile, a video of the real Winehouse is projected on a brick wall of the bar.


Killer Mike Gets Hyper-Political in "Reagan" Video

Just in time for the Presidential debates
By Evan Minsker on October 3, 2012 at 01:10 p.m.

Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music highlight "Reagan" is a sermon-like track about the state of the country, hip-hop, and society. It's appropriate, then, that the song's animated video is also extremely political, featuring tanks, presidents, drugs, and violence.
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Grizzly Bear Open Up About Money Issues

In his lengthy profile of Grizzly Bearfor New York magazine, writer Nitsuh Abebe goes into great detail about the band's past and the sometimes-contentious sessions for Shields--your typical topics for rock writing. But he gets the band to open up about some other issues as well, specifically the financial predicament most music acts face these days.

Describing Grizzly Bear as more of a "risky small business" than a creative force, Abebe details the band members' dissatisfaction with some aspects of their lifestyle. Yes, Grizzly Bear have Billboard-charting albums, do sold-out tours, and sell their music for commericial use, but, as singer Ed Droste says, “People probably have an inflated idea of what we make. Bands appear so much bigger than they really are now, because no one’s buying records. But they’ll go to giant shows… Obviously we’re surviving. Some of us have health insurance, some of us don’t, we basically all live in the same places, no one’s renting private jets. Come to your own conclusions.”

At the core of the band's argument is the age-old tug-of-war between art and commerce. Should an artist be paid for their work, and how much? Elsewhere, Droste expresses yearning for a middle-class life, but he seems resigned that it's not feasible if you're in a band that is essentially middle-class: big, but not big enough to supersede the various expenses, like agents, lawyers, tour managers, merch employees, publishers, manager, etc.

Abebe writes that "rock bands are generally obligated to express profound gratitude for any kind of success" and he concedes that Grizzly Bear do just that. But the article raises the kinds of pop music economic issues that keep bubbling to the surface every week, and it's interesting to hear it straight from the Bear's mouth. Read it here.


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Watch Kendrick Lamar With the Roots on "Fallon"
Performing "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
By Evan Minsker on October 3, 2012 at 05:15 a.m.

Last night, Kendrick Lamar hit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in support of his upcoming album good kid, m.A.A.d. city (out October 22 on Top Dawg/Interscope/Aftermath). He performed "Swimming Pools (Drank)" backed by the Roots. Check it out below.


Kanye West Sued Over My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Samples
For Eddie Bo's "Hook and Sling, Part 1", used in "Lost in the World" and "Who Will Survive in America?"
By Evan Minsker on September 29, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.

Billboard reports that Kanye West has been sued by record label TufAmerica over samples used in two tracks on 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: "Lost in the World" and "Who Will Survive in America?". The song in question is "Hook and Sling, Part 1", a 1969 single by the late New Orleans soul artist Eddie Bo. The sample also appeared in the short film "Runaway".

In TufAmerica's complaint, they say West's labels Roc-A-Fella and Universal paid a license fee of $62,500 but "failed and refused to enter into written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of ['Hook and Sling']." They're seeking undisclosed damages for copyright infringement.

Last May, TufAmerica filed a copyright infringement suit against the Beastie Boys the day before Adam Yauch died of cancer. The suit claimed samples from Trouble Funk were illegally used on License to Ill and Paul's Boutique.


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What has everyone been listening to? I love the new Ty Segall Band album Slaughterhouse and Deerhoof's Breakup Song. I tried getting into Death Grips and I found the vocals repulsive. lol

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