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  1. 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith will perform at one of Donald Trump’s Inaugural events, the Inauguration Committee announced today. The “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” is set to take place on January 19 (one day before Trump’s inauguration) at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Others listed for the event include Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday and actor Jon Voight. Holliday’s publicist, however, has told TheWrap that she was invited, but has not yet agreed to participate. Trump is also scheduled to appear. Teen opera singer Jackie Evancho has previously been announced as the national anthem singer at Trump’s January 20 inauguration. Several artists, including Moby, Elton John, and Andrea Bocelli, have publicly rejected opportunities to perform at inauguration events. On the same day as the “Welcome Celebration,” Solange, Esperanza Spalding, and others will perform at an alternative inauguration ball. The event—Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance—will “celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the past 4 years and the vow to continue to be the change we want to see in the world.” View the full article
  2. Ryan Adams is working on a new double album by Liz Phair. He made the announcement on Twitter, sharing several photos of them recording at his Pax Am studio in Los Angeles. Phair confirmed the collaboration, retweeting Adams’ photos, as well as his comparison of the new material to her 1993 debut Exile in Guyville. She commented, “I’ve got to live up to you! Inspiring working with brilliant people.” Producer Don Was also seems to be involved in the project, according to Adams’ Instagram posts from the session. Check out Adams’ recording photos below. Liz Phair’s last album was 2010’s Funstyle. Ryan Adams is set to release his new record, Prisoner, next month. Watch Pitchfork’s interview with Liz Phair about Exile in Guyville: View the full article
  3. The Lincoln Memorial event takes place Jan. 19, a day before the swearing-in ceremony. read more View the full article
  4. Our critical roundtable on the songs of the week View the full article
  5. With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and EPs from the xx, the Flaming Lips, Bonobo, Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White, Chavez, and Mr. Tophat. The xx: I See You [Young Turks] Over four years after releasing their sophomore album, Coexist, the xx have put out their third LP: I See You. Produced by Jamie xx and Rodaidh McDonald, the album was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016. Read our review of “On Hold,” and watch the accompanying music video. Check out our new Cover Story “I’ll Be Your Mirror: How the xx Found Themselves—and Their Vibrant New Sound—in Each Other.” Listen on Apple Music Listen on Spotify The Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody [Warner Bros.] Following 2014’s Beatles covers record With a Little Help From My Fwends, Oczy Mlody is the Flaming Lips’ first LP of new material since 2013’s The Terror. It includes the Miley Cyrus collaboration “We a Famly.” Watch the videos for “How??” and “The Castle.” Listen on Apple Music Listen on Spotify Bonobo: Migration [Ninja Tune] Bonobo’s new album is a follow-up to 2013’s The North Borders. It features Rhye, Hundred Waters’ Nicole Miglis, Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), and Innov Gnawa. Watch the video for the lead single “Kerala.” Listen on Apple Music Listen on Spotify Flo Morrissey / Matthew E. White: Gentlewoman, Ruby Man [Glassnote] In 2015, Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White both put out solo albums: Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful and Fresh Blood, respectively. Gentlewoman, Ruby Man is their first LP together. It includes covers of songs by James Blake, the Velvet Underground, Frankie Valli, Frank Ocean, Leonard Cohen, and more. Listen on Apple Music Listen on Spotify Chavez: Cockfighters EP [Matador] Cockfighters is Chavez’s first new material in 20 years—the band’s last album was 1996’s Ride the Fader. The EP is three tracks long. Listen on Apple Music Listen on Spotify Mr. Tophat: Trust Me EP [Smalltown Supersound] Last November, Mr. Tophat released a new collaboration with Robyn called “Trust Me.” His new EP features Robyn on all three tracks. There are also contributions from Abba’s original drummer, Per Lindvall, and his brother, bassist David Lindvall. Check out our review of the EP’s “Right Time.” Listen on Apple Music Listen on Spotify View the full article
  6. The Newseum's director of exhibit development Patty Rhule tells the story behind Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' T-shirt and jeans. View the full article
  7. Our First 100 Days is a forthcoming subscription compilation that will release one new song each day for the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Days, 30 Songs (the program that released anti-Trump songs in the lead-up to the election), all proceeds will go to organizations that support causes threatened by Trump’s proposed policies: All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action, People’s Climate Movement, and Southerners On New Ground. The program is produced with Revolutions Per Minute. Artists contributing to the compilation include Angel Olsen, Mitski, Whitney, Toro Y Moi, the Range, Tim Heidecker, Will Oldham, the Mountain Goats, Avey Tare, Jens Lekman, Cherry Glazerr, How to Dress Well, and many more. The new songs will be available exclusively through the compilation, which is available at a minimum donation of $30. The first track will be released on Inauguration Day, January 20, at 12 p.m. Eastern. Pre-order Our First 100 Days here. In a press release, Secretly’s Phil Waldorf said: Many of us woke up the morning after the election in a state of shock. Everything was different. We knew that we had to do something, and we are incredibly proud of what we are pulling together with Our First 100 Days. Not only is it a collection of great music, it is the music community coming together, supporting many important organizations, who will be the first line of defense against the policies of the new administration. We hope that people not only love the music, and discover some new things with this collection, but they see it as an easy way to make a contribution to a cross section of organizations that need the support right now. Watch Whitney on Pitchfork.tv’s “Over/Under”: View the full article
  8. One of the entertainment industries’ main strategies for tackling ‘pirate’ sites is to prevent them generating revenue from their activities. The theory is that such sites are profit-motivated and if none can be made, they will soon shut down. With this in mind, industry bodies have sought to target companies who place or pay for advertising to appear on pirate sites. In many cases the companies don’t know exactly where their adverts are appearing, but in case they were in any doubt, this week the police stepped up to remind them. According to information just released by City of London Police, this Wednesday, officers from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) paid visits to eight organizations involved in placing adverts on pirate sites. Accompanied by representatives from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), British Phonographic Industry (BPI), International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and PRS for music, PIPCU targeted brands, advertising agencies and networks. The visits took place as part of the multi-agency anti-piracy initiative Operation Creative. PIPCU says that the companies were made aware that their advertising is appearing on pirate sites. It is not clear whether any of them already knew, but the police got the result they were hoping for. After discussion, all agreed to cooperate by ensuring that they no longer support any of the platforms listed on the Infringing Website List (IWL) maintained by police and rightsholders. “All of the organisations were keen to support Operation Creative and have pledged to sign up to the IWL to ensure advert placement from their brand and clients do not appear on the 1,232 websites listed on the IWL,” PIPCU said. PIPCU offered no further details on the companies visited this week, which suggests that it views them as partners moving forward. “Operation Creative is key to ending the funding of websites involved in digital piracy. It is important we tackle this issue, not only for brands and businesses’ reputation, but for consumers too,” said Operation Creative’s lead officer Detective Constable Steven Salway. “When adverts from established brands appear on these sites, they lend them a look of legitimacy. By working with industry to discourage reputable brands from advertising on piracy sites, we will help consumers realise these sites are neither official nor legal.” Director General of FACT, Kieron Sharp, praised the IWL and said that his group is pleased to be raising awareness within the advertising community. “PIPCU’s IWL is the first of its kind and is a great tool for businesses to protect their brand reputation by ensuring their adverts don’t appear on pirate sites,” Sharp said. “Consumers need to be aware that not only are the criminals behind these websites making substantial amounts of money from adverts, but simply visiting the sites can put the public at risk of malware, viruses and click-through scams.” While the police action is likely to have some effect, there are still plenty of advertisers willing to show off their products on pirate platforms. It is clear, however, that the quality of advertising on such sites is steadily diminishing. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  9. It's more than fate that has brought Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie to Studio D, the recording suite inside this one-time Masonic temple. It is history. "It's almost eerie, you know?" Buckingham says. "Almost too familiar in a strange way… A time warp. You walk into the bathroom, the tiles... View the full article
  10. The daughters of former U.S. President George W. Bush have penned a heartfelt, inspiring letter to President Barack Obama's daughters as they're on the way out of the White House. SEE ALSO: The Obamas got real emotional at the president's farewell address In the letter, which was published by Time, Barbara and Jenna recalled the moment they greeted Malia and Sasha on the steps of the White House, eight years ago. "We saw both light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home," they wrote. Now, the Obama girls "are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children" but there's so much to look forward to. Read more... More about Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, Obama, George W. Bush, and WorldView the full article
  11. Despite uproar from the local community, it appears Nickelodeon will push ahead with its plans to build an undersea attraction in Palawan — one of the Philippines' most pristine islands. Nickelodeon first announced on Monday in a press release that it would be building an "undersea attraction and resort" on Palawan, as part of a 400-hectare development with Coral World Park (CWP). Palawan Island is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has been called the "last ecological frontier of the Philippines". SEE ALSO: Great Barrier Reef has suffered its worst die-off ever recorded Nickelodeon said the attraction is planned to include some of its iconic characters such as Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer. Read more... More about Marine Protection, Unesco World Heritage Site, Philippines, Environment, and WorldView the full article
  12. If you mashed up the dark technological futurescape of Black Mirror with the victim-turned-vigilante plot line of a superhero movie, you might get something a bit like iBoy: the new Netflix original film starring Maisie Williams in one of the lead roles. SEE ALSO: 29 times Maisie Williams was the undisputed queen of social media In the trailer above, teenager Tom (Bill Milner) gets in a confrontation with a local gang while going to meet Lucy (Williams). He ends up getting shot, and a piece of smartphone gets embedded in his brain. When he wakes up, Tom asks the doctor if there will be side effects. Obviously, the answer is a big fat yes. Read more... More about Uk, Trailer, Black Mirror, Maisie Williams, and Superhero View the full article
  13. Vin Diesel is having a gala time in India. After receiving a grand welcome in Mumbai on Thursday, the Hollywood star sent fans into a tizzy at the premiere of xXx: Return of Xander Cage by grooving to a wildly popular Bollywood song. SEE ALSO: Vin Diesel gets traditional welcome and is chased by paparazzi on first visit to India And giving him company was his xXx co-star and Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone. The two draped a white cloth waist-down and shook a leg to Lungi Dance, a track from Padukone's 2013 hit film Chennai Express. [PIC] Lungi dance with Deepika Padukone and Vin Diesel #xXxIndiaPremiere (tfs @DeepikaPFC) pic.twitter.com/2eXdETIB3W — Deepika FC Official (@OurLoveyDeepu) January 12, 2017 Read more... More about Dancemoves, Dance Party, Hollywood, India, and Vin DieselView the full article
  14. The soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting—Danny Boyle’s sequel to his cult classic film from 1996—has been announced. The soundtrack opens with the Prodigy’s new remix of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”—the song used for the ’96 film’s iconic opening sequence. In addition, the T2 soundtrack closes with a new Underworld song called “Slow Slippy.” It’s an updated version of “Born Slippy .NUXX,” another song crucial to the original film. See the full tracklist, which includes songs by Wolf Alice, Young Fathers, Queen, and Blondie, below; scroll down for the album artwork. T2 Trainspotting is out in the United States on February 3, 2017, and includes returning cast members Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner. Revisit “How the Trainspotting Soundtrack Resurrected Iggy Pop” over on the Pitch. T2 Trainspotting OST: 01 Iggy Pop: “Lust for Life (The Prodigy Remix)” 02 High Contrast: “Shotgun Mouthwash” 03 Wolf Alice: “Silk” 04 Young Fathers: “Get Up” 05 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax” 06 Underworld: “Eventually But (Spud’s Letter to Gail)” [ft. Ewen Bremner] 07 Young Fathers: “Only God Knows” 08 The Rubberbandits: “Dad’s Best Friend” 09 Blondie: “Dreaming” 10 Queen: “Radio Ga Ga” 11 Run D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevis: “It’s Like That” 12 The Clash: “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais” 13 Young Fathers: “Rain or Shine” 14 Fat White Family: “Whitest Boy on the Beach” 15 Underworld: “Slow Slippy” View the full article
  15. Growing up, Bryan Cranston's family called him a "Sneaky Pete." The Breaking Bad actor, who had a challenging childhood, used to try and find shortcuts to chores and conducted mini-scams like reselling used sun tan lotion. That nickname was the jumping point for Cranston's new show of the same name, Sneaky Pete. The Amazon series, which originally was for CBS, was co-created by Cranston and House‘s David Shore. The show, which debuted Friday, follows a recently released con man Marius (played by Giovanni Ribisi), who assumes the identity of his cellmate Pete in order to escape urban kingpin Vince (played by Cranston) who he owes $100,000 to. Read more... More about Giovanni Ribisi, Bryan Cranston, Sneaky Pete, Streaming Services, and Tv View the full article
  16. "We set out to take a lighthearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense," the company said about the episode of 'Urban Myths' featuring Joseph Fiennes as the late music star.read more View the full article
  17. Indians are unhappy with the fact that their Prime Minister has now entered wall calendars and table diaries. Issued by the government-owned Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC), the 2017 calendars and diaries carry a cover photograph of Narendra Modi, instead of Mahatma Gandhi, who'd been on it for decades. SEE ALSO: People are hating on India's national airline for wanting to reserve seats for women Modi is seen weaving 'khadi' (a handspun cotton cloth) in a 'charkha' (a traditional spinning wheel) in the classic Gandhi pose, which was a symbol of the nationalist movement in pre-independent India. Read more... More about Controversy, Calendar, History, Politics, and IndiaView the full article
  18. Tencent, China's largest internet company, has apologised after terrible inappropriate videos from its annual party went viral. The six-second video showed female employees on their knees, attempting to use their mouths to unscrew the caps off bottles gripped between male coworkers' thighs. SEE ALSO: People are pissed about the sexist and ageist reaction to Madonna twerking Unsurprisingly, the videos have incited outrage online, with many on Zhihu — China's Quora — criticising the sexist display. The video was filmed during an annual party for the Instant Messaging Application Department at Tencent — the team which builds its instant messaging app QQ. Read more... More about Tencent, China, Sexist, and World View the full article
  19. Soulja Boy's landlord has had enough with the SODMG rapper, and reportedly wants him out. http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/soulja-boy-reportedly-behind-on-rent-has-days-to-pay-up-before-getting-kicked-out-news.27407.htmlView the full article
  20. Barely a week before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has authorized controversial new legislation that grants America’s 16 intelligence organizations access to raw communications data from the NSA’s surveillance efforts. Read More View the full article
  21. In an expansion of their site-blocking campaign, several Hollywood studios under the banner of the MPA applied to a court in Norway during 2015 to have seven ‘pirate’ sites blocked at the ISP level. Warner Bros, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Sony, Disney, Columbia and several local industry groups argued that The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, Viooz, PrimeWire, Swefilmer, DreamFilm and Movie4K, infringe their copyrights. Local ISPs including Telenor, TeliaSonera, NextGenTel and Altibox were named as defendants in the case, which was handled by the Oslo District Court. In September 2015 the Court handed down its ruling, ordering the ISPs to block the seven sites listed in the lawsuit. While many observers believed the studios would be back immediately with more blocking requests, things went quiet for more than a year. Only recently did they return with fresh requests against more ISPs. The Motion Picture Association filed a new lawsuit against seven Internet service providers, named by Tek.no as Eidsiva Bredbånd, Lynet Internett, Breiband.no, Enivest, Neas Bredbånd, Tussa IKT and Opennet Norge. Like before, the MPA and the studios wanted the ISPs to restrict access to a number of ‘pirate’ sites including The Pirate Bay, Extratorrent, Viooz, SweFilmer, DreamFilm and Movie4K, which were all named in the original complaint. Additional sites named in the new complaint include Watch Series, Putlocker, TUBE+, Couch Tuner, Watch32, Project Free TV and Watch Free. It now appears that the MPA found a sympathetic ear at the Oslo District Court, which has just issued a ruling in the studios’ favor. Local media says the ruling is considerably shorter than the one handed down in 2015, which seems to indicate that the process has now been streamlined. According to Tek, the Court made its decision based on the fact that the sites in question published links to copyrighted material already available online. The Court determined that the sites published the content to a “new public”, noting that they had not changed their modus operandi since the original ruling. The ISPs were ordered to implement DNS blockades covering the domains currently in use. As illustrated on a a number of previous occasions, including in Norway itself, DNS blocks are the weakest form of blocking and are easily circumvented by switching to a different provider, such as Google. Torgeir Waterhouse of Internet interest group ICT Norway says that while the DNS blocks might only amount to a “speed bump”, it’s more important to make it easier to access legal services. “We must make it easy to pay, easy to access and easy to develop new services. Ultimately it is this that determines the levels of revenue for producers. Revenue does not occur ‘automagically’ by preventing their access to an illegal service,” he says. Waterhouse, who has campaigned on several intellectual property issues, also criticized the authorities for holding ISPs responsible for the actions of others. “The government should make a law that says what they really want, namely that parts of the Internet should not be accessible to the population. They should have the courage to stand up and say that this is what they want, not create the impression that Internet service providers are doing something wrong,” he adds In common with the 2015 ruling, the sites detailed in the lawsuit were all ordered to pay court costs. None of the sites’ owners appeared in Court so it’s unlikely that any will pay the $1,800 they each now owe. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  22. Yesterday I caught up with George Spencer, the 29 year-old CEO and founder of London property tech startup Rentify. We talked proptech, scaling a startup, and why the tech press sucks. Read More View the full article
  23. PJ drops off a new black & white for her Rare cut "This Is What It Looks Like." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/pj-this-is-what-it-looks-like-video-new-video.39567.htmlView the full article
  24. While Uber and Tesla grab headlines in self-driving car tech, Korean engineers are building an autonomous vehicle that is planned for roadworthiness by the middle of this year. A team at the Seoul National University have been building their self-driving car — cleverly named SNUber — for the past couple of years. While it's been available for use on campus via an app, the team is ready to test the outside terrain, thanks to Korea recently opening downtown roads to self-driving cars. SEE ALSO: This 13-foot-tall mechanical suit looks like something straight out of a sci-fi film In a ride I had with two engineers, the car safely maneuvered through traffic on the Seoul campus, stopping for pedestrians, slowing traffic and oncoming buses that poked into its lane. Read more... More about Autonomous Vehicles, Driverless Cars, South Korea, Tech, and TransportationView the full article
  25. If you were staying up late to ride the hype train that is the Nintendo Switch only to find yourself hunting aimlessly for a pre-order button…. good news. Nintendo was weirdly vague about when US pre-orders for their new $300 console would open up (outside of a tweet that mentioned a limited number of pre-orders at Nintendo NYC) but a bunch of retailers just pushed their pages live. Here… Read More View the full article
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