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CMU’s One Liners: Pandora, Slayer, Jose Gonzalez and some other fine treats too

By and | Published on Wednesday 29 October 2014


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Chris Phillips has been announced as Pandora’s new Chief Product Officer. He was previously Amazon Digital Music’s Director of Product Management and User Experience.

• Slayer are releasing a new track in partnership with Scion AV (a website owned by car maker Toyota’s Scion brand that “champions independent progressive urban culture”, apparently). Here they are in the studio and stuff.

• Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne’s new albums have been delayed. Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ will now land on 15 Dec. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’, which was due out this week, has been delayed indefinitely.

• Bearded folk guy Jose Gonzalez is releasing his first solo LP in seven years, ‘Vestiges And Claws’, on 16 Feb. Please all celebrate very, very quietly. Acting as, says Gonzalez, his own “zoomed-out eye on humanity on a small, pale blue dot in a cold, sparse and unfriendly space”, as in Planet Earth, the new record already has a little trailer, so watch that here.

• The Bug and Dylan Carlson of Earth have teamed up for a new double A-side single. Have a listen to the first of the two tracks, ‘Boa’, here.

Approved solo singing wit Frankie Cosmos, aka Greta Kline, has made a video for ‘Art School’, a track off her most recent LP ‘Zentropy’. In it, Kline larks about acting as if she likes Justin Bieber. No mean feat. Press play on the clip here.

• Baauer off of ‘Harlem Shake’ and other hits’ next EP will be ‘ß’ (ie ‘Beta’), and will feature long-lost pairing AlunaGeorge on a track titled ‘One Touch’, which I’m quite disappointed isn’t a Mini Viva cover. Check the real track, which is available now, as is the entire EP, via iTunes, at this live link.

• Jack White has hired a new live keyboardist and pianist, QOTSA/Dead Weather man Dean Fertita, in place of his late keys player Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens, who sadly died of a heart attack earlier this month. This will have a bearing on White’s forthcoming solo tour of the UK, which starts on 17 Nov at Leeds Arena. Confirms JW in a statement: “Although it is impossible to replace Ikey, the incredibly talented Dean Fertita will be joining the band to play piano and keyboard for all of Jack’s currently announced tour dates”.

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