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The Chemical Brothers Return With New Album Born in the Echoes, Share "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted"

The Chemical Brothers are back with a new album called <i>Born in the Echoes</i>, out July 17 via Astralwerks. Guests on the album include St. Vincent, Beck, Q-Tip, Cate Le Bon, and Ali Love. They've also released a new track, "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted", premiered today on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show. …

José González Cares for a Creepy Worm Creature in Calexico's "Falling From the Sky" Video

Calexico have shared a new video for "Falling From the Sky", a cut from their new LP <i>Edge of the Sun</i> that features Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell. Bridwell doesn't appear in the video; rather, it stars José González as the caretaker for a loved one... who happens to be a giant, writhing, worm-like …

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Covers Spoon's "Inside Out"

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has released a video of himself performing a stripped down, piano-only version of Spoon's "Inside Out", off last year's <i>They Want My Soul</i>. The video, released on the YouTube channel for Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, features …

Róisín Murphy Shares "Exploitation" Video

Róisín Murphy's new single "Exploitation" will appear on <i>Hairless Toys</i>, her first album in eight years. Today, the song has a video directed by Murphy. "It's the story of an actress and a love affair," she said in a statement.<p>"As a grown up in this industry and someone who has always had a huge …

Sharon Van Etten Announces New EP I Don't Want To Let You Down

Sharon Van Etten: "I Don't Want to Let You Down" (via SoundCloud)<p>Sharon Van Etten has announced a new five-song EP called <i>I Don't Want To Let You Down</i>, the followup to 2014's <i>Are We There</i>. The EP comes out June 9 via Jagjaguwar and features the previously-shared title track. That's the cover art …

Andrew Bird's Cover of New Pornographers' "The Fake Headlines" Gets New Video

Last year, Andrew Bird shared his cover of the New Pornographers' <i>Mass Romantic</i> track "The Fake Headlines". It's set to be featured on <i>Good People Rock</i>, a new compilation from the Montreal-based charity organization Yellow Bird Project. Find the new, marionette-centric video for Bird's cover, …

Sharon Van Etten, Julia Holter, Marissa Nadler, Laurel Halo on Comp of Unreleased Karen Dalton Songs

Tompkins Square are readying a new compilation where several artists perform unreleased songs by the folk icon Karen Dalton. <i>Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton</i> is out May 26 and features lyrics provided by Dalton's estate. It includes performances by Sharon Van Etten, Julia Holter, …

17 Cats That Just Can't Deal With This Week

You may think the life of a cat is easy, but you'd be dead wrong.<p>Though they're much cuter about it, these cats still feel the harrowing reality of …

Mount Eerie Announces New Album Sauna, Plans to Debut It During Tour

Mount Eerie, aka Phil Elverum, has announced a new album, the follow up to last year's <i>Pre-Human Ideas</i>. It's called <i>Sauna</i>, and it'll be out in 2015 via his P.W. Elverum & Sun label. He'll debut "extremely stripped-down" versions of the songs at a forthcoming tour, which kicks off in September. You …

Broken Bells Blast Off in "Control" Video

Broken Bells have shared the video for "Control", from this year's <i>After the Disco</i>. As James Mercer and Danger Mouse play against a drab backdrop, we're taken through a brief history of space travel and alien encounters through archival footage. Watch it below, via DIY.

Prince Shares "U KNOW" and "WHITECAPS"

On September 30 (and one day earlier in Europe), Prince is releasing <i>two</i> new records: <b>Art Official Age</b>, his solo album, and <i>P**lectrumElectrum</i>, the 3rdEyeGirl album. Today, he's shared a song from each of those albums: "U KNOW" from his solo record and "WHITECAPS" from <i>PlectrumElectrum</i>. Check them out …

TV on the Radio Detail New Album Seeds, Share "Happy Idiot"

TV on the Radio have shared more details about their forthcoming album <i>Seeds</i>. It's out November 18 via Harvest Records, and was produced by guitarist David Sitek. That's the album art, above. The band have also shared a new cut from the album called "Happy Idiot". Check out the lyric video below. …

Foxygen Share New Song "Cosmic Vibrations"

Foxygen have shared "Cosmic Vibrations", a new song from the forthcoming <i>...And Star Power</i>. It was premiered by "Tim and Eric" comedian/actor Tim Heidecker, who shared the song in a tweet. You can listen to it below. <i>...And Star Power</i> is out October 14. Previously, they shared "How Can You …

Thom Yorke Confirms That He Was Sisi BakBak, Mysterious SBTRKT Remixer

In 2012, a mysterious remix of SBTRKT's "Hold On" surfaced, the work of a producer named "Sisi BakBak". It seemed the producer was actually Radiohead's Thom Yorke, but his name was not officially tied to the track.<p>Now it has been confirmed that he was, indeed, Sisi BakBak, as Consequence of Sound …

The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages

Hear us out.<p>As the days of suburban sprawl give way to those of urban density in U.S. metros–“smart growth,” most call it–providing sufficient housing remains a challenge. Decades of planning regulations and highway patterns support single-family homes built far outside a city center. Even in areas …

The 5 Most Important LinkedIn Features You Aren't Using Correctly

When LinkedIn debuted in 2003, it was merely an online resume and an entree to e-networking. Since then, LinkedIn has continuously enhanced its offerings – transforming into a complete career management resource. Our mindset about how to use LinkedIn, however, has not evolved as quickly as the …

Emoji: the first truly global language?

I sent one this morning. My pal texted to say that she was in that most invidious of contemporary social tangles: someone was offering her a Kate Bush spare but she had already committed herself elsewhere. Me, I was busy thinking about emoji. I didn't have time to deal with someone else's heartache …

Put a Dashboard on It!

MagMaker / August 28, 2014<p>It may be all about birds in Portlandia, but in the land of tech and social media, it’s all about the dashboard—a “control …

Songwriter Jesse Winchester dies at age 69

TORONTO (AP) — Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs …

Movie Titles With Errors That Make Every Grammar Geek Cringe

When a movie's publicity campaign takes hold of the nation it can mean a steady barrage of trailers, teasers, posters and banner ads assaulting our collective senses daily. So you'd think the creators of these publicity materials could, at the very least, hire a copy-editor to proofread those …

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Julian Gough launches 'Litcoin' Kickstarter to 'remodel the economics of reading'

In the wake of a new survey which revealed a dramatic drop in author incomes, the award-winning Irish writer Julian Gough is funding his new novel with an unusual Kickstarter offering backers the opportunity to receive postcards from Las Vegas bearing whisky stains, lipstick, and even bullet …

Authors Weigh In On Print Versus E-Books

When 900 notable authors signed an open letter to Amazon, they made their stance on the ebook distributor clear. Although the petition claims that many of its signees have long been supporters of Amazon, the company's recent battle with Hachette, which has involved delayed deliveries and a refusal …

Amazon, What's Next?

The battle of US authors and publishers against the online retailer Amazon may seem minor, in terms of the current world economic and geopolitical issues at stake, and far removed from the thoughts of all of us because it seems to concern only the distribution of revenue sales from digital book …

Profit

“Flooded with data as we are, each day brings even more innovations and technologies to help us mine, sort, and generate even more information. Asking about the future of libraries is another way of asking where this big, hot mess of information is taking us.” http://www.themillions.com/2014/08/libraries-future-and-present.html

The evolving role of libraries in the digital age

In response to your editorial (Public libraries: Losing the plot, 26 August), the important issue is that all of us, of any age, should read, be it in book form or digital. Everyone should be able to access public library spaces, which are the last bastions of free knowledge. The discarding of …

‘Infinite Jest,’ Recreated in Lego by an 11-Year-Old

This might be the best thing you’ll see on the internet all day. Earlier this year, English professor Kevin Griffith and his 11-year-old son …