Monthly archives: July, 2014

Fired OSU Band Leader Says He Was Fixing ‘Sexualized Culture’

Ohio State University’s fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture “in dire need of change” before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a “sexualized…


Dunked in the Funk: George Clinton’s biographer talks P-Funk, anarchy and smouldering sex-beasts

But if there’s any journalist who could look into the debauched chaos of the history of George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic and all the other manifestations of P-Funk, it’s Kris Needs. Never just a writer, Needs has been a lifelong and enthusiastic participator in the cultures that he loves, from founding a local Mott The Hoople…


Ever Wonder What Space Sounds Like? Listen for Yourself

It’s easy to believe that outer space is void of sound — a silent, dark existence — but the final frontier is actually filled with noises. NASA space probes used Plasma Wave antennas to record the sounds of space, which are created by charged electromagnetic particles from the Solar Wind, ionisphere and planetary magnetosphere. Space’s…


Lorde to curate ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ soundtrack

Lorde has announced that she will curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The singer will work on the music for the third film adaptation from the best-selling series books. She will also provide the lead single for the soundtrack, which will be released on November 21. “Curating the soundtrack for…


Beats Headphones Deals With Counterfeiting

In recent years we’ve seen a lot of counterfeit audio gear, mostly microphones and headphones and most of it coming out of China. Usually when the price is too good to be true, it’s either a close-out of a model that will no longer be manufactured, or it’s a counterfeit. One of the more egregious…


Ne-Yo: Ex-Manager Owes Me $8M

Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager. The Daily News reports that the R&B singer-songwriter has sued onetime manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo’s finances in 2005. The lawsuit says Foster moved some of Ne-Yo’s money without permission. It also alleges that Foster faked Ne-Yo’s name on loan…


9th Wonder & Young Guru Debate Kendrick’s “Control” Verse

Before playing Rapsody’s new “She Got Game” mixtape 9th Wonder and Young Guru got into a discussion about Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control” and why a response may be futile. Producer: Just Blaze Engineer: Young Guru [BeatmakingVideos]


Brian Eno compares Israel to ‘the Klan’ in strongly-worded letter about Israel-Palestine conflict

Brian Eno has written a strongly-worded letter about the current conflict between Israel and Palestine. The letter has been published on David Byrne’s website with a note from Byrne explaining why he decided to put it online. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne writes. “I shared it with…


Kendrick Lamar to present short film m.A.A.d at Sundance’s NEXT Fest

The film, entitled m.A.A.d is directed by filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, and was inspired by Lamar’s acclaimed full-length good kid, m.A.A.d city. Joseph, some of you might remember, was responsible for the award-winning short film ‘Until the Quiet Comes‘ which he produced with music (and a title) from Flying Lotus, and his stylized visuals were also…


Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs

Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) at the recently acquired company and that all employees have been offered full-time jobs at the Cupertino-based tech…