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Jul 12, 2017

Update (7/17/2017): Michael Stipe has pledged support for Radiohead deciding to play the Israel concert via an Instagram post. Whereas Roger Waters has called out Yorke in a Facebook Live interview with the BDS National Committee.


Radiohead's Thom Yorke is speaking out against accusations made by English director Ken Loach. The band is set to be playing a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel and Ken Loach, an avid supporter of the Boycott Israel movement has publicly challenged Radiohead to pull out of the gig. In an op-ed that Loach wrote for the Independent, he explains that "by performing in Tel Aviv they will undermine not only the struggle for human rights but also Radiohead’s own reputation."


Frontman Thom Yorke, has responded via Twitter. In his response, he says:



"Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government. We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. As we have in America. We don't endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America. Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression. I hope that makes it clear Ken."



Radiohead Israel Concert


The band are set to play at one of Israel's major cities, Tel Aviv, on July 19. As stated in Yorke's response, Radiohead have played there several times over a time spanning 20 years. As it stands, the band will be playing the concert at Park Hayarkon, supported by the Jewish-Arabic band Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis. 


There are artists who are pro the boycott and others who are not. Those who are not include The Rolling Stones, Santana, Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney, who all performed in Israel in recent years. On July 15 the iconic US rock band, Guns N’ Roses, are set to perform there too. 


Radiohead at Glasgow's TRNSMT


At a recent concert - Glasgow's TRNSMT festival - the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement protested against Radiohead. The protest involved raising Palestinian flags and waving them during their headlining set while shouting slurs at the band members. The BDS movement began in 2005 and 2017 will mark the first time Radiohead play in Israel since its formation. 


Sharona Katan - Johnny Greenwood's Wife


Lead guitarist and keyboardist for Radiohead, Johnny Greenwood, is married to Sharona Katan – an outspoken Arab Jew. Her Twitter feed is filled with tweets that actively try to shift people's perspectives from being against Israel and toward the view that there is no apartheid in Israel. 


Thom Yorke mentioned Johnny & Sharona's position when commenting on the protests in Rolling Stones magazine, saying that: 



"The person who knows most about these things is Jonny. He has both Palestinian and Israeli friends and a wife who's an Arab Jew. All these people to stand there at a distance throwing stuff at us, waving flags, saying, 'You don't know anything about it!'. Imagine how offensive that is for Jonny."



Chieftan Mews


Following Yorke's response to Ken Loach, the Radiohead frontman has subsequently retweeted the band about the OKNOTOK boxed edition of OK Computer. The Tweet contains video content that uses the mystery character Chieftan Mews. In it, Chieftan Mews unboxes his edition, and "Climbing Up the Walls" soundtracks the video. Chieftan has also featured in a similar video for A Moon Shaped Pool. The fictional character was made up by the band and has been used in several videos like the one below. 


https://twitter.com/radiohead/status/884777592188010497


OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017, was released on 22 June 2017, commemorating the album's 20th anniversary


Image Source: Daniele Dalledonne

Radiohead - Ill Wind

Radiohead - Ill Wind

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 20, 2017

Vampire Weekend, the much-loved band from New York, have been leaving fans guessing as to when their next album will arrive. So when we sniff even the tiniest scent of album-news on the winds, it gets pretty exciting. With that being said, Vampire Weekend may just be in studio...right now. But first:


Vampire Weekend New Album


On March 24th of this year, lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig posted a picture of a desktop folder labeled Mitsubishi Macchiato. In the caption, he explains how often he is asked about Vampire Weekend's new album. He also detailed their activities per year, and lastly, he informed fans about two songs they were working on and the possible title of the new album – Mitsubishi Macchiato.


https://www.instagram.com/p/BSCFgzgjvIO/


Vampire Weekend In Studio


Today (July 20th) Ezra posted an Instagram story suggesting the band is in studio, giving fans a 24-hour window in which to hear the news. Thanks to Indie Shuffle, that window has been extended: 


Ezra Koenig's Instagram Story


What Does This Mean For An Album Release Date? 


Fans thought the band were in studio quite some time ago, lending hope to a 2017 release. While chances of this happening do exist, being in studio now makes a Spring 2018 release more likely. Although, we can't ignore the fact that Vampire Weekend could be in studio now for mixing and mastering rather than recording. A Reddit user has said that 'On his (Ezra's) Apple Music radio show from this past Sunday he mentioned that he let his co-host listen to 9 tracks from the new album, so they seem to be fairly far along.'


What To Expect On The New Album


Since the band's last album, Rostam Batmanglij (a former member) has left the band. While Ezra is the singer-songwriter who ensures Vampire Weekend creates hugely catchy tracks, Rostam was the producer-arranger that elevated each song. So with all this in mind, Vampire Weekend's new album will probably sound vastly different than what we've come to know and love.


Only time will tell, so while you wait, listen to some of their former tracks below. 


Image Source: Thomas Rx

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun

Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun

Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey

Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 19, 2017

Chance, the Rapper has been gaining much attention for his heroic attempts to save SoundCloud. With the spotlight on him, people are becoming curious about his personal life. Questions such as 'Why does Chance wear a 3 hat?' or 'Is Chance, the Rapper married?' are being asked. Below, we'll answer those questions concerning whether Chance is married or not, as well as cover the goings-on between him and the music streaming platform, SoundCloud. 


Is Chance, the Rapper Married?


The American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is, in fact, not married. He does, however, have a child with his girlfriend, Kirsten Corley. When accepting the Grammy for best new artist this year, he mentioned both Kristen and his daughter, Kensli, in his speech. So even though the two have been back and forth, to and from court, regarding custody matters, it appears that the two are solid. Perhaps it's the foundation of a family unit that enables Chance, the Rapper to raise his voice and confront matters that he believes in...as seen in his latest attempt to save SoundCloud. 


Chance, the Rapper SoundCloud


SoundCloud has been around for 9 years, providing the perfect platform for independent musicians to be discovered. Unfortunately, the tech company now only has enough money to last a few more months. With massive layoffs taking place in offices across the globe, it's not looking promising.


Chance, the Rapper, however believes that SoundCloud is 'here to stay.' He has announced that he has been talking to SoundCloud CEO, Alexander Ljung, and that he's working on a 'SoundCloud thing.'


https://twitter.com/chancetherapper/status/885921220759355397


Chance, the Rapper Ft. Young Thug


'The SoundCloud' thing that Chance was working on, was a track featuring Young Thug, that was solely released on SoundCloud. It's called "Big B's" and you can listen to it below. To date, it has received over 2 million plays. Will this save SoundCloud? It's unlikely, but only time will tell. 


Chance, the Rapper Without a Hat 


We broke down why Chance, the Rapper always wears a 3 hat here. So to end off, here's a picture of Chance without a hat. 


https://www.instagram.com/p/BVz6GvEjAY9/?taken-by=chancetherapper&hl=en


Image Source: Julio Enriquez

Chance the Rapper - Big B's (Ft. Young Thug)

Chance the Rapper - Big B's (Ft. Young Thug)

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