TGIF. There’s a lot of music news to catch up on, but we’ve condensed it all so that way you can go catch the suns rays before they all hide away. SoundCloud appears to be planning a paid subscription service for their streaming options, Titus Andronicus shared a new video, Spoon covered The Cramps, OK Computer turned 18 years old, the Dirty Projectors ex-member Angel Deradoorian shared new music, Bjork has a new music video, and Pharrell, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, and others will be on an HBO environmental TV show next week. Let’s dive in!
According to a newly leaked contract, SoundCloud users may need to start paying up in order to access all of SoundCloud’s music. The site is planning a three-tier system. At the base is a free, ad-based service which allows limited access to their music catalog (just like Spotify). The second tier requires you to pay, but all ads are removed and you get more access to the audio they have up. The final tier allows full access to all of Soundcloud’s music. No prices are listed yet. This isn’t too big of a surprise given that major labels and copyright owners have slowly been pulling down music from the site for months.
On the bright side, the licensing deal SoundCloud signed with Warner Music Group back in November has now allowed them to come to terms with more than 20,000 independent labels. The labels, which are represented by Merlin, are now allowed to recieve royalties, which SoundCloud began to pay last year. Now you can take comfort knowing your 25th play of that dope electronic song is actually helping the random kid in Arizona who made it get paid. [Consequence of Sound]
Titus Andronicus are back with another album of rock music to likely soundtrack the entire next year. The Most Lamentable Tragedy is their first rock opera (think Tommy without the creepy uncle vibes), and they are sharing a brand new video for album cut “Fatal Flaw”. In it, the band perform the material to a crowd who are pretty stoked to hear it given they had never heard it before. It’s not as fueled as their usual singles, but we’ve got a hunch it will grow on us.
Bjork has shared a 360-degree music video for “Stonemilker”, the lead track off her 2015 album, Vulnicura. The Andrew Huang-directed video, originally engineered for VR headsets is now rendered for you very flat, very basic laptop screen, and you can navigate around this Reykjavik beach by clicking and dragging or using the directional arrows in the top left corner. [Dazed]
Remember that time Spoon covered The Cramps and it was unexpected and spot on and totally freaking awesome? We do. On June 3, the Austin indie rock staples stepped onstage at Conan to use their perfect pop pronunciation to cover a punk song by the 1980s icons The Cramps. Singer Britt Daniel gets his best basement show delivery going while the band keep right on beat to do the original justice. Did we mention this was for the Poltergeist reboot? Such music to our ears. [Nerdist]
We may be waiting for new music from indie rock weirdos Dirty Projectors for a while. On the bright side, some band members can’t keep quiet. The band’s former bassist and singer Angel Deradoorian has announced her debut solo LP as Deradoorian, titled The Expanding Flower Planet. It comes out August 21, but she has shared lead single “A Beautiful Woman” and it’s a bright, creative, psychedelic romp into summertime. What else were you expecting? [Pitchfork]
In May of 1997, Radiohead dropped the album that changed the music world for good: OK Computer. That was 18 years ago. Excuse us while we try to swallow that number. The Library of Congress inductee is more than a Brit-Pop staple, but an album that merged guitars with floppy-disk malfunctions and a fractured humanity taking on asymmetrical pschological events in the most sonically beautiful way possible. Check out what our own Andrew Shaw has to say about the timeless masterpiece right here. [Nerdist]
HBO and the American Museum of Natural History have been working on a new six-part series called Saving My Tomorrow that focuses on environmental issues in a family-friendly format. Part four of the special airs on June 9 at 7 PM EST, and it’s set to cast several of our favorite musicians: Pharrell, Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Karen O, The Magnetic Fields‘ Stephin Merritt, and others. If you’re looking for something a little different, stay tuned. Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Laura Dern, and more are also slated to appear. [HBO]
Come back on Monday to catch up on the weekend’s news with another Music Dispatch! Have a good weekend!
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