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Published:
Jul 14, 2017

Familiar with the pop duo, Oh Wonder? They're infectious, like a disease, and viral, like a cat video. Unfortunately they're not immune to privy fans on the internet and the greater phenomena known as album leaking. Nowadays it seems artists have zero say over their actual release dates and even less control when it comes to selling the release after it's out. This isn't news, but it does highlight a question, what is the right way to release an album in 2017?


Kingdom Leaks


Kingdom Leaks is a website that releases artists' content before the intended release date AKA a piracy website. Whereas before you would have had to steal a copy from your local music store, this digital equivalent feels less criminal.


NOTE: I am in no way commenting on what is right, or what is wrong. Steal, if you can live with it. Pay, if you actually love the music.


Onwards, it seems the platform has gotten it's hands on Oh Wonder's 2017 release, Ultralife. You'll find it amongst pretty much every other album released, and not released yet this year.


Ultralife - Oh Wonder


It's hard to imagine that Oh Wonder, or their record label, Republic Records, are too stoked about the leak. Ultralife, having been released today, despite most of the album having been released in the build up, is not unique in how meaningless its scheduled launch was. Essentially, the internet is ruining the album, which is best summed up by a Reddit user's response to Ultralife's release:



Found the rollout of this album slightly questionable with the fact that basically most of the album was available before release. Held back on oversaturating myself with the tracks so I could actual enjoy the whole thing.



"Bigger Than Love" Lyrics


Unsure about how this article/opinion piece should end, it's only appropriate that we draw wisdom from the words of Oh Wonder themselves. The songs lyrics are quite entertaining when related to piracy, however, solemnly, their words ring so true:



We found love on an empty page
Kill the stars above trying to fight the fade
And now my heart skips heavy underneath the waves
We are done, we are gone



It should be signed, "Sincerely Yours, The Album."

Oh Wonder - High On Humans

Oh Wonder - High On Humans

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 25, 2017

Updated 7/27/2017: Turns out, Arcade Fire are the kings of trolling. We reached out to Ben & Jerry's and they explained the following: "We're sorry but this is not a Ben & Jerry Flavor and we have no further information."


Arcade Fire, the highly acclaimed indie rock band, are working with the ice cream giants, Ben & Jerry's. It's all listed below. To start though, we'll lead with a wonderfully whimsical clue: "My Body is a Cone." There is a lot going on, we'll also shed light on Arcade Fire's involvement in all things Brooklyn Vegan and Yondr. 


Arcade Fire Ben & Jerry's 


Combine Ben & Jerry's with Arcade Fire? It's a combo that not many could turn down, nor really understand for that matter. The band has recently announced that at the end of August, Arcade Fire ice cream from Ben & Jerry's will be available. Just imagine Ben & Jerry's sweetness sprinkled with Arcade Fire's signature wit.


Arcade Fire ran a poll on Twitter to find a name for their Ben & Jerry's ice cream's flavor (all of this was in honor of National Ice Cream day...of course). 


The options



  • "Arcade Crunch"

  • "Peanut Butler & Kingsberry"

  • "Infinite Chocolate"

  • And the winner:


"My Body is a Cone"


That's right, a big pun on their single "My Body is a Cage," which you can listen to below...and eat a themed ice cream to.


Keep in mind, that these days everything is a meme and everyone is a troll, so it's highly unlikely we'll ever get to taste the flavor that involves 'fudge skeletons' and 'crunchy-bone pieces.' Then again, who knows, they did make cereal for "Creature Comforts," a track off their forthcoming album, Everything Now.


Arcade Fire Brooklyn Vegan 


Arcade Fire have an Everything Now release show taking place on July 27th at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. It'll be live-streamed on Apple Music. There was controversy after Brooklyn Vegan revealed a message detailing a dress code for attendants:  



Our dress code is HIP & TRENDY as if you are going to a concert or night out with friends! The event is standing-room-only so please plan accordingly.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing. We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.



Arcade Fire has disputed this, saying that if the 'dress code is "hip and trendy," band members will not be allowed through the door.' Win Butler, the band's frontman, said that the dress code, as well as phones being taken at the door (explained below) must 'be an Apple thing.' 


https://twitter.com/arcadefire/status/889573429233553408


https://twitter.com/DJWindows98/status/889571482459926528 


Yondr


Included in the pre-show message, was the following notification: 



No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby.



Yondr is a new development that allows show participants to keep possession of their phone, but removes their ability to use it. As people enter a venue utilizing Yondr, they place their phone in a bag which locks when entering certain zones.


Arcade Fire have hosted a secret show before where phones were taken away at the door, however, they're denying plans to do this at the Everything Now release show. To end off, let's all take a moment to allow Win's wise words to sink in:


https://twitter.com/DJWindows98/status/889690714799579138


Image Source: Arcade Fire Twitter

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Dylan Heneck

Author:
Dylan Heneck

Published:
Jul 27, 2017

What is the Mercury Prize? Well, if you're kind of dumb, like me, then you would have believed it involved science and the elements. Luckily, as an avid Indie Shuffle reader, the truth lies no further than a flicked scroll. 


What Is The Mercury Prize?


If it isn't blatantly obvious already, the Mercury Prize is a music award. Yeah, so? The Mercury Music Prize is annually awarded to the top rated album from Ireland and the United Kingdom. Hold on a second though, this has nothing to do with Brexit.


Receivers of the Mercury Prize include Alt-j, The xx, PJ Harvey, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and 2016's winner, Skepta, to name a few. No literally, there are tons since the prize dates all the way back to 1992.


This years nominees are listed below and will be selected by a panel of music industry buffs. Personally, the judges that stood out include Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Jessie Ware (Jessie Ware), and Lianne La Havvas (Really? Does it need to be in brackets?).


Kate Tempest: Mercury Prize Nominee


A fan favorite no doubt, Kate Tempest's Let Them Eat Chaos, along with her inspiring live performances, have won her a spot amongst an elite crowd of British artists. Indie Shuffle had the pleasure of missing both of her performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, so you can imagine that this is a hard article to write.


Thank fuck for NPR's Tiny Desk:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqd86is7y54


Oh, and Glasto?:


https://youtu.be/mLzJUalxZYM


Dinosaur: Mercury Prize Nominee


Dinosaur are total newcomers on Indie Shuffle's radar, which is cool though, we're all about new finds. If you're very into jazz, then this is good route to head down, musically. To be frank, even the Ed Sheeran album is listenable, so I doubt you'll find a bad album in the crop of nominees. That said, Dinosaur are our pick of lesser known artists in the pile.


Did You Just Mention Ed Sheeran?


Why yes, Ed Sheeran's record breaking % is on the list of top releases coming from the isles in 2017. No real surprise there. To have 16 singles in the UK Top 20 definitely warrants some recognition.


Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlist


Last years panel is still reeling from not giving the Mercury Prize to David Bowie, lets see how they do this year. Here are your nominees:


Alt-J – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – %
Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
The Big Moon – Love in the Fourth Dimension
The xx – I See You

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Alt-J - 3WW

Alt-J - 3WW

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