Spotify founder and current CEO Daniel Ek has published an open letter in response to the criticism of the platform, waged by artists such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell following Young’s request to have him music. The rub came from Young’s dissatisfaction over podcast host Joe Rogan’s show which has spread misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and the platform’s apathy towwards its best paid ($100 MM USD) content provider. Ek’s letter does hint at changes to their content policy, it does seem that no content removal is forthcoming. Many other artsits are rumored to be considering pulling their music off the platform, while a wave of fans on social media are bragging about quitting the popular service. It was widely reported at the market close last week that Spotify has hemmoraged losses of up to 25% of its value in 2022 so far, between an estimated 2-4 Billion dollars. Rogan has appologized for the rift to Spotify and says he is a Neil Young fan.
Emma Ruth Rundle seems to have become an artist with a licence to shift around stylistically as much as she wants while still maintaining, and continuing to build, her devoted fanbase. Last year’s revered collaboration with Thou — May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones)was dense, heavy, aggressive and complex. Whilst everything Rundle turns her hand to shares a certain delicate and fragile emotional openness, Engine Of Hell (Sargent House) in most other senses explores the opposite end of the Emma Ruth Rundle sonic spectrum.
Chelsea Wolfe is commemorating the two year anniversary of her brilliant album for the ages, Birth of Violence (read our review here), with two new singles and a new documentary. The songs are for purchase on her Bandcamp and streaming at all DSPs, via her label Sargent House. One song is a cover of Folk classic “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell, a definite influence on Wolfe, and another track, “Green Altar.” Both songs were recorded during the birth of Violence sessions. The documentary will be released later today. Check out the tracks now!
“Ethereal Rock?!”, I hear you exclaim. Oh aye. Look, just stick with me on this. The U2-esque jangling chords of Celtic Rock – check; the delicate, swirling atmospheres of Ambient Drone – check; the drifting, gossamer beauty of the heavenly hereafter – check. See? Told you. Michigan duo Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren, purely known as Windy and Carl, have been quietly growing this subtle monster for two decades and latest album Allegiance and Conviction (Kranky Records), written and composed over six years, musters all of the above criteria in a realm of sinister grace.Continue reading →
In a segment recorded earlier in 2018, Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan was a guest on the “Music Ruined My Life” segment on BBC Radio 1‘sRock Show With Daniel P Carter. Keenan discussed his favorite songs ever from Joni Mitchell, Black Sabbath, Devo, Low, Pink Floyd, Swans, his first concert ever (Rick Springfield/Sparks) and more. Skip to 1:02:20 in the replay of the broadcast below. A Perfect Circle kicked off their new tour of Europe last night in Glasgow and will perform tonight in Manchester, UK. Remaining dates can be found below. APC released their Eat The Elephant album earlier in 2018 via BMG, and recently released a new video and Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl single for ‘So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish.’Continue reading →