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In this week’s installment of Media Candy, Radiohead continues soaking up the limelight; the Black Keys breakdown their streaming blockade; Lee Fields rediscovers himself; Cate Le Bon prepares for world domination; and El-P mashes up Metallica and Prince and somehow makes it work real damn well.
Lee Fields Shares “You’re The Kind Of Girl”
After spending four-plus decades in the soul business, your well runs the risk of running dry. For Lee Fields, his well might be endless. On March 13, Fields will release “A Faithful Man” via Soul & Truth -- a label making its name by basically resurrecting the Motown / Stax model in modern times. Earlier today, Fields shared a track from that album via Rolling Stone, which you can stream / download below.
Black Keys Discuss Streaming Embargo
As you might’ve heard, the latest Black Keys release -- the Danger Mouse-produced El Camino -- is pretty sweet. But unless you are willing to actually purchase the album, you won’t have the pleasure of streaming the new set of songs on the likes of Spotify or Pandora. In the past, this embargo has been used by artists to drive up first week album sales.
But according to drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, it has a lot more to do with the general idea of streaming music for free as a bit out of whack for the musician. “It’s becoming more popular,” explains Carney in an interview with VHI, “but it still isn’t at a point where you’re able to replace royalties from record sales with royalties from streams.”
It’ll be interesting to see how similar decisions by independents like Mac Miller and stadium juggernauts such as Coldplay will influence the streaming / musician relationship moving forward.
Radiohead Deliver “The Daily Mail”
Yesterday, we learned Radiohead would be releasing two new singles “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase” on December 19 to coincide with the release of the “The King of Limbs: Live From The Basement” live DVD. While the live versions have been floating around the cyberverse for a hot second, we now know what the studio version of “The Daily Mail” will sound like as Zane Lowe played it on his BBC Radio 1 show earlier today.
Cate Le Bon Plans Sophomore Release, Shares “Fold The Cloth”
To say Cate Le Bon’s sophomore release “CYRK” has some hype behind it would be an understatement. The Wales songstress was “discovered” by Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, released her debut to critical acclaim and toured with fellow female force St. Vincent. People are watching. But even more so, people can’t wait to listen. The album is due January 17 via Control Group and Cate Le Bon will tour the states in support of the release. But for now, relish in the playful and beautifully shot video for single “Fold The Cloth.”
El-P Combines Prince & Metallica … Finally
And now, let’s take a look at in the “what the fuck?” folder. After asking Twitter followers who the most anti-download artists were, producer/DJ El-P decided to combine two very different artists with the same loathing for digital downloads -- Metallica and Prince. Combining Metallica’s “Unforgiven Part 2” with Prince’s “Purple Rain” is not an obvious mash-up, but oddly enough, we’ll be tossing this on the iPod.
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