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  1. AMD is launching three new Ryzen 7 processors on March 2 the will attempt to take the crown for fastest PC processors in the world from rival Intel. AMD’s new processors are all 8-core affairs, which the company says will best similarly specced rivals from Intel’s Core i line at similar price points ($330, $400 and $500 respectively). The new Ryzen processors will help bring… Read More View the full article
  2. The Mountain Goats have announced a new album, titled Goths. The follow-up to 2015’s wrestling-centric Beat the Champ is out May 19 via Merge. Listen to “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds” and check out the cover art and tracklist below. The Mountain Goats’ lineup on Goths is a quartet, featuring Matt Douglas on woodwinds. The album's Bandcamp page notes: “NO COMPED VOCALS, NO PITCH CORRECTION, NO GUITARS.” A deluxe edition of the album features four bonus tracks. The Mountain Goats will tour in support of the album throughout 2017: see their dates here. Earlier this month, Darnielle released his new novel Universal Harvester, followed by a book tour. Since Beat the Champ, Darnielle has shared several new Mountain Goats tracks, including “Going Back to California” and “The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All the Other Jedi and Eats Their Bones,” a joke song he wrote for The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Read “Rise Above Your Station: An Evening With the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle.” Goths by The Mountain Goats Goths: 01 Rain in Soho 02 Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds 03 The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement 04 We Do It Different on the West Coast 05 Unicorn Tolerance 06 Stench of the Unburied 07 Wear Black 08 Paid in Cocaine 09 Rage of Travers 10 Shelved 11 For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands 12 Abandoned Flesh 13 For the West Coast Dark Ambient Bedroom Warriors 14 Scaling the Well 15 Vanishing Act 16 Grave Dust View the full article
  3. Twitter this morning is launching a new customer service feature for businesses using its service, which will allow agents to respond to direct messages using custom profiles. That is, their names and profile pictures will display when they are engaged in conversations with customers, instead of the company’s Twitter photo and name. The idea is to give these service interactions a… Read More View the full article
  4. Sometime around 2013 and 2014, deep learning was going through a revolution that required pretty much everyone to reset their expectations as to how things worked, and leveled the playing field for what people were doing with computer vision. At least that’s the philosophy that Pinterest engineer Andrew Zhai and his team have taken, because around that time he and a few others began… Read More View the full article
  5. Donald Glover recently called into REAL 92.3’s “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” for an interview, as Complex points out. During their discussion, he touched on his latest Childish Gambino album (“Awaken, My Love!”), his award-winning TV show “Atlanta” (which he confirmed will return in 2018), upcoming roles (as Lando Calrissian and a mysterious Spider-Man character), his Migos shout-out at the Golden Globes, and more. Glover also addressed the rumors about a possible Chance the Rapper collaboration. “I mean, we definitely met up before, you know. I don’t know if I’ll see him again now that he’s won a Grammy,” he said. He continued: We’ll see what happens, but yeah, we actually, like, sat down in the studio and worked hard for a little bit, you know. We’re both busy, but, like, I think, I mean, when he has, like, a moment when we’ve been sitting down and just working together, I think it’s just, like, about catching a vibe. Like, I really like that project that he did with, you know, the EP that he just put out [Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama]. I guess, like, it was around Christmas. I think that came from just sitting in the studio—from, like, I just wanna hang out with them. I don’t work with people over email anymore. I think it just doesn’t make good work, but it’s just that we have to find the time to, like, sit down together. Listen to the full interview below; the Chance discussion begins at 15:31. Scroll down for a new photo of Glover with the Star Wars cast. Chance featured on Glover’s 2012 mixtape Royalty. The next year, Glover appeared on Acid Rap’s “Favorite Song.” Check out “The Promising State of the Actor-Musician” on the Pitch. View the full article
  6. One of President Trump’s first moves in office was to order a sweeping hiring freeze across the federal government, preventing hiring for all jobs except for narrow exemptions in national security and the military. Although the executive order hasn’t stirred as much controversy has Trump’s more recent orders on immigration, it will have extensive consequences for… Read More View the full article
  7. Clinc hopes its AI personal assistant Finie will one day reduce the complexity and barriers many consumers face when attempting to understand their finances. The company claims the voice-controlled platform serves up financial data in impactful ways with minimal effort. And now, with an infusion of cash from mostly Midwest venture funds, the company has a bit more runway to advance its cause.… Read More View the full article
  8. Future recruits a battalion of sexy assassins in his new video for 'Draco.' View the full article
  9. Twitter can’t seem to stop the management bleeding, which is complicating its attempts to pull off a turnaround after a tough year of layoffs and sinking share price. Yesterday its head of entertainment talent Lara Cohen, a major figure leading partnerships with content creators, left the company. Today, a director of finance David Bicknell is departing, though he’s more of a… Read More View the full article
  10. Drones provide very useful services, especially for hard-to-reach areas, but flying expensive metal and objects into places where getting them back afterwards might be difficult isn’t always the ideal option. SF-based Otherlab had another idea, Wired reports: make drones that can work in single-use capacities, carrying lightweight payloads and then disappearing. The idea isn’t… Read More View the full article
  11. Following the allegations of sexual harassment at Uber, angry customers have once again been tweeting the #DeleteUber hashtag – a tag that indicates they’re removing the app from their device and encouraging others to do so, as well. The social media campaign was first started when Uber was perceived to have taken advantage of a taxi strike against Trump’s immigration ban… Read More View the full article
  12. David Pajo was once bandmates with Billy Corgan in the supergroup Zwan. (Pajo is also a member of Slint, has worked with Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and released many albums as a solo artist.) In a new interview with the Kreative Kontrol podcast, Pajo, who has previously expounded on the comical frustrations of working with Corgan, compares the Smashing Pumpkins frontman to Donald Trump, due to Corgan's "millions of dollars," "ego," and "bully mentality." He also said that Corgan "can very convincingly front that he’s a sensitive liberal person, but maybe now that Trump’s made it OK to not act like that, for people like him, he’s gonna start shouting that." (Last year, Corgan appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' radio show to complain about "social justice warriors" and "socialists.") Below, check out some quotes from the episode, in which Pajo also talks about Corgan dissing the White Stripes and the possibility of Slint recording together again. And listen to the full episode as well. When the campaign was happening, I was like, ‘Wow, Trump is so much like Corgan. I’m sure Billy loves this guy. I know he’s a Trump supporter. He has to be. He’s got millions of dollars. He’s got that ego. He loves the bully mentality.’ I don’t keep up with him, and I don’t wanna talk bad about him. But I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he was a Trump supporter. In fact, I’d be more surprised if he wasn’t. ... When Smashing Pumpkins’ last one or two records didn’t sell that well, Billy went on this rant about how he was disappointed in his fans for not understanding the record and not buying it. That’s such a weird thing to me [laughs]. To scold your fans for not buying your record. But that is the way he thinks. And when bands like the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol were starting up in the New York scene, he would say stuff to me, like, to him they were all just little bands. He was like, the biggest White Stripes sold this much; my records have totally slaughtered them! ... It’s probably really weird for a lot of people. [Corgan] can very convincingly front that he’s a sensitive liberal person, but maybe now that Trump’s made it OK to not act like that, for people like him, he’s gonna start shouting that. On the prospect of new Slint music, Pajo added: I think we enhance each other’s good sides. But just because people live in different parts of the country now, and everybody has their own lives and kids, if we were to write something together, it wouldn’t be loose like it was when we were younger. We’d have to be organized and rent a practice space. I think everybody would be into working together but maybe the personalities involved are too difficult. Revisit Pitchfork’s 2014 interview with Slint. View the full article
  13. At the Drive In have announced a new album, in•ter a•li•a. It’s their first in 17 years, following 2000’s Relationship of Command. The record (whose title is Latin for “among other things”) is out May 5 via Rise Records. It was produced by the band’s Omar Rodriguez-López, as well as Rich Costey. At the Drive In have also shared a new track from the album, “Incurably Innocent.” In a press release, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala described it as “a song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out.” Watch the lyric video for it below, via NME. Check out the artwork and tracklist (which includes the previously shared “Governed by Contagions”) below. At the Drive In have, once again, expanded their upcoming tour. Find their latest itinerary below. in•ter a•li•a: 01 No Wolf Like the Present 02 Continuum 03 Tilting at the Univendor 04 Governed by Contagions 05 Pendulum in a Peasant Dress 06 Incurably Innocent 07 Call Broken Arrow 08 Holtzclaw 09 Torrentially Cutshaw 10 Ghost-tape No.9 11 Hostage Stamps At the Drive-In: 03-17 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre 03-18 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle 03-20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club 03-22 New York, NY - Terminal 5 03-25 Boston, MA - House of Blues 03-27 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit 03-29 Toronto, Ontario - Rebel 05-06 El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum 05-08 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre 05-09 San Diego, CA - Soma 05-12 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 05-13 Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium 05-17 Mexico City, Mexico - Pepsi Center WTC 06-07 Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ Indoor 06-09 San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre 06-10 Houston, TX - Revention Music Center 06-12 Dallas, TX - Southside Ballroom 06-13 Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 06-15 Denver, CO - Fillmore 06-17 St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre 06-18 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom 06-20 Columbus, OH - Express Live! 06-21 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre 08-15-17 St. Pölten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival 08-16-19 Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop 08-16-19 Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival 08-25-27 Wetherby, England - Leeds Festival 08-25-27 Reading, England - Reading Festival View the full article
  14. Signed into law nearly twenty years ago, the DMCA is one of the best known pieces of Internet related legislation. The law provides a safe harbor for Internet services, shielding them from copyright infringement liability as long as they process takedown notices and deal with repeat infringers. In recent years, however, various parties have complained about shortcomings and abuse of the system. On the one hand, rightsholders believe that the law doesn’t do enough to protect creators, while the opposing side warns of increased censorship and abuse. To address these concerns, the U.S. Copyright Office is currently running an extended public consultation. This week a new round of comments was submitted, including a detailed response from a coalition of music industry groups such as the RIAA, National Music Publishers’ Association, and SoundExchange. When it comes to their views of the DMCA the music groups are very clear: It’s failing. The music groups note that they are currently required to police the entire Internet in search of infringing links and files, which they then have to take down one at a time. This doesn’t work, they argue. They say that the present situation forces rightsholders to participate in a never-ending whack-a-mole game which doesn’t fix the underlying problem. Instead, it results in a “frustrating, burdensome and ultimately ineffective takedown process.” “…as numerous copyright owners point out in their comments, the notice and takedown system as currently configured results in an endless game of whack-a-mole, with infringing content that is removed from a site one moment reposted to the same site and other sites moments later, to be repeated ad infinitem.” Instead of leaving all the work up to copyright holders, the music groups want Internet services to filter out and block infringing content proactively. With the use of automated hash filtering tools, for example. “One possible solution to this problem would be to require that, once a service provider receives a takedown notice with respect to a given work, the service provider use automated content identification technology to prevent the same work from being uploaded in the future,” the groups write. “Automated content identification technologies are one important type of standard technical measure that should be adopted across the industry, and at a minimum by service providers who give the public access to large amounts of works uploaded by users.” These anti-piracy filters are already in use by some companies and are relatively cheap to implement, even for relatively smaller services, the music groups note. The whack-a-mole problem doesn’t only apply to hosting providers but also to search engines, the music groups complain. While companies such as Google remove links to infringing material upon request, these links often reappear under a different URL. At the same time, pirate sites often appear before legitimate services in search results. A fix for this problem would be to stop indexing known pirate sites completely. “One possible solution would be to require search engines to de-index structurally infringing sites that are the subject of a large number of takedown notices,” the groups recommend. Ideally, they want copyright holders and Internet services to reach a voluntary agreement on how to filter pirated content. This could be similar to YouTube’s Content-ID system, or the hash filtering mechanisms Dropbox and Google Drive employ, for example. If service providers are not interested in helping out, however, the music industry says new legislation might be needed to give them a push. “The Music Community stands ready to work with service providers and other copyright owners on the development and implementation of standard technical measures and voluntary measures. However, to the extent such measures are not forthcoming, legislative solutions will be necessary to restore the balance Congress intended,” the recommendation reads. Interestingly, this collaborative stance doesn’t appear to apply to all parties. File-hosting service 4Shared previously informed TorrentFreak that several prominent music groups have shown little interest in their voluntary piracy fingerprint tool. The notion of piracy filters isn’t new. A few months ago the European Commission released its proposal to modernize the EU’s copyright law, under which online services will also be required to install mandatory piracy filters. Whether the U.S. Government will follow suit has yet to be seen. In any case, rightsholders are likely to keep lobbying for change until they see significant improvements. — The full submission of the music groups is available here (pdf). Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  15. On April 7, Los Angeles duo Tashaki Miyaki will release their debut album, The Dream, via Metropolis Records. Today, they’ve shared the music video for the lead single “Girls on T.V.” It’s directed by James Franco, and stars actress Juno Temple (Black Mass, “Vinyl”). Temple “plays an innocent soul seeing Hollywood for the first time,” according to Franco. In a statement, he added that it was inspired by Midnight Cowboy, Fallen Angels, and the Robert Redford movie Electric Horseman. Watch Tashaki Miyaki’s “Girls on T.V.” video below. View the full article
  16. Arca has announced a new self-titled album. The record, which follows his 2015 album Mutant, is out April 7 via XL Recordings. It’s his first release for the label. Arca has also shared the opening track, “Piel.” Hear it below. Scroll down for the tracklist and the amazing cover artwork by longtime collaborator Jesse Kanda. Arca includes the previously shared “Sin Rumbo.” Last year, the artist released a free 14-track project called Entrañas. This past November, he issued a casting call for a mysterious project with Kanda. The only requirement was that applicants “are comfortable being partially nude on camera.” Read “Arca’s Warped Beauty,” Pitchfork’s interview with the producer. Arca: 01 Piel 02 Anoche 03 Saunter 04 Urchin 05 Reverie 06 Castration 07 Sin Rumbo 08 Coraje 09 Whip 10 Desafío 11 Fugaces 12 Miel 13 Child View the full article
  17. The Walkmen’s Walter Martin has announced a new solo album. It’s called My Kinda Music, and it’s out May 5. The first offering from the record is a collaboration with the National’s Matt Berninger, “Hey Matt.” On the track, Martin sings about getting rejected when he asked Randy Newman to collaborate. Berninger’s reaction: “That would’ve been awesome.” Listen to “Hey Matt” below; scroll down for the tracklist and artwork. Other contributors on My Kinda Music include Laura Gibson, Phil Ek, and Gabe Wax. It’s the second installment in Martin’s Juvenile Series, following 2014’s We’re All Young Together. On that LP, Martin tapped Berninger for the song “We Like the Zoo (’Cause We’re Animals Too).” My Kinda Music: 01 The Wishing Well 02 Trip on a Ship [ft. Laura Gibson] 03 Hey Matt [ft. Matt Berninger] 04 Family Tree 05 Child, the Man Said 06 My Kinda Music 07 The Everglades 08 Where’d You Go Uncle Joe? 09 Marco Polo 10 It’s a Dream (Night Version) Watch the Walkmen’s “Heaven” video, via Pitchfork.tv: View the full article
  18. Only three acts performed more than once at this month’s Grammy Awards. One was Adele, who opened the night with “Hello” and then paid tribute to the late George Michael. Another was Bruno Mars, who sang his song “That’s What I Like” as well as Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The third was Little Big... View the full article
  19. A 60th anniversary update of Harry Belafonte’s 1957 hit “When Colors Come Together (Island in the Sun)” caps a new retrospective album. The collection will survey the storied career of the veteran singer, actor and political activist who will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 1. The song, which... View the full article
  20. Future has announced his second new album of the month, and it looks like Rihanna and The Weeknd are on board. View the full article
  21. Future was a guest on last night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He performed “Draco” from his new self-titled album; the performance aired moments before Future announced his second new album in a week. Watch it below. View the full article
  22. For so many years, Italy developed a reputation for doing little to stop the spread of infringing content online. As a result, pirate sites flourished and millions of citizens decided that paying for content was a thing of the past. In recent times, things have changed. Italy now has one of the toughest anti-piracy regimes in Europe and regularly launches new actions, often targeting multiple sites in coordinated operations. This week marks the start of another, with the Special Command Units of the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), a militarized police force under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance, acting on the orders of the Public Prosecutor of Rome. Following the signing of a special decree issued by the Court of Rome, the GdF targeted the domains of 41 websites alleged to be involved in the distribution of first-run movies such as The Magnificent 7, Suicide Squad, and Legend of Tarzan. Within the batch were many sites streaming live sporting events, such as soccer matches broadcasted by The Premier League, La Ligue 1, Bundesliga, La Liga and Champions League. Those who transmitted motor racing events were also in the frame, after drawing fire from Formula 1 and Moto GP broadcasters. All domain names will be blocked by local ISPs or potentially seized, if within reach of local authorities. Authorities report that in common with an operation carried out earlier this month, two anti-piracy strategies were employed, the so-called “follow-the-money” approach (whereby site owners are identified via payments made by advertisers and similar business partners) and the reportedly newer “follow-the-hosting” angle. Investigating site hosts has been a core anti-piracy strategy for many years so precisely what’s new about this recent effort isn’t clear. However, much is being made of the ability to discover the true location of sites that attempt to hide behind various anonymization techniques available via the cloud. Whether a true breakthrough has been made is hard to decipher since local authorities have a tendency to be a little dramatic. Nevertheless, there can be no doubts over their commitment. According to Fulvia Sarzana, a lawyer with the Sarzana and Partners law firm which specializes in Internet and copyright disputes, a total of 290 sites have been targeted by court injunctions in the past four months alone. Back in November, a landmark action to block more than 150 sites involved in the unauthorized streaming of movies and sports took place following the signing of a mass injunction by a judge in Rome. It was the biggest single blocking action in Italy since measures began in 2008. Then, in early February, authorities widened their net further still, with a somewhat unusual campaign targeting sites that offered unauthorized digital versions of dozens of national newspapers and magazines including Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair. With the latest blockades, Italy is now a true front-runner among European site-blocking nations. With many hundreds of domains now the subject of an injunction, the country is now firmly among the top three blocking countries, alongside the UK and Portugal. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  23. Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Mashup of the Day: The way movies are shot and edited today, putting J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the Daily Planet with Man of Steel's Clark Kent and Lois Lane seems easy, but it's also perfect (via ComicBook.com) Alternate Poster of the Day: Speaking of Amy Adams, here's a beautiful poster for Arrival by Oksana Grivina. See more fan art and posters inspired by this year's Oscar nominees, including La La Land and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, at Design Culture. Awards Show Takedown of the Day: Speaking of the Oscars, Honest Trailers rips through all of this year's Best Picture nominees with help from the... Read More View the full article
  24. With the success of John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves is definitely having a renaissance, and we can at least be sure there will be a John Wick: Chapter 3. What might not be as obvious is the possibility of another Matrix sequel. Yet while making the promotional rounds recently, he's discussed both. First, let's look at what he thinks is best for the next John Wick movie -- and don't worry there's not really anything too spoilery here -- as he suggested on the Empire Podcast: I think the opening of the film should be Wick just trying to escape from New York. Literally trying to get off the island. Maybe he asks the Bowery King [Lawrence Fishburne] for help. Maybe John Leguizamo comes and helps me out. “John, I... Read More View the full article
  25. Future has announced another new album, following the release of his self-titled LP last week. It’s called HNDRXX, and it’s out this Friday. The album is executive produced by his DJ, Esco. Future tagged Rihanna and the Weeknd in his announcement on Instagram, teasing possible appearances on the project. On his last album, the Atlanta rapper referenced Donald Trump’s lewd comments made in 2005 and revealed during his presidential campaign and sampled a song by Arcade Fire. View the full article
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