R.E.M. breaking up after three decades: Excuse us, we have to start crying. (With Mike Mills singing backup.)


R.E.M. breaking up after three decades: Excuse us, we have to start crying. (With Mike Mills singing backup.)

Why Gibson Guitar Was Raided By The Justice Department

This is kind of an alarming story, but it also has some, albeit vague, culturally conflicting implications on a larger scale. How do American-made products become more abundant when something like this happens to the existing ones?

Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011. What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by all the spontaneous support the festival goers and the organisation have received.
Stage collapse at Belgian music festival.

After stage collapses at shows for Cheap Trick, the Flaming Lips, and the latest one at a Sugarland show that left five dead, this summer has already looked dangerous for outdoor music shows. It’s not entirely clear, but Pitchfork is reporting that the stage collapsed on the Smith Westerns at the Pukklepop Festival in Belgium. While it appears the band members are alright, frontman Cullen Omori has tweeted that their equipment is broken. As of right now, there are unconfirmed reports of six deaths.

UPDATE: The Associated Press confirms at least four two have died from the stage collapse. This story is still developing.

Website opens donations for labels that lost stock in London warehouse fire.

After learning the kinds of loses many independent labels are facing from the London fire, it’s clear that some of them are seriously damaged by the occurrence. The Beggars Group, for instance, which includes labels like Matador, XL, and 4AD, lost their entire UK stock. Similar damages are being reported by other labels. Now, there’s something the good people of the Internet community can do to help.

A website called LabelLove has been put together in order for people to donate to the labels that suffered damages in the fire resulting from the London riots. The website has set up a PayPal account for immediate donations, and if there’s anything else people want to do to contribute, there’s also an e-mail address people are welcome to write to.

Labels react to the Sony warehouse fire.

This rather extensive piece from Pitchfork collects responses to and outcomes from the warehouse fire that occurred late last night in London.

Sony music warehouse burnt down in London riots, numerous independent labels affected.

This article from The Guardian provides the most complete list of labels potentially affected by the burning of a Sony music distribution center.

MTV's "120 Minutes" lives again.

I was a little young for the show’s initial run, but oh man does this look promising. The website has some previews of the upcoming debut that is occurring this Saturday night at 1 AM EST. There are clips with the Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon as well as a slew of 2-minute interviews with artists like PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, Foster the People, Danger Mouse, and others. Time to start using the DVR.

Some labels put their heart into it, but at the end of the day, their goal is to sell records. But with Love Letters Ink, they seemed to have a different approach. We want to sell the record, of course. But it felt like they weren’t concerned in the first place about releasing a marketable product as much as releasing a piece of art — something that they were proud of.