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Phantogram’s new label Universal blocks new Phantogram song from band’s own YouTube page (listen anyway)

As you can see in the above screen shot, UMG aka Universal Music Group isn't too happy that someone posted Phantogram's first new song in two years to YouTube...

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Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire releasing new EP, playing CMJ shows (1 w/ Big K.R.I.T.) (dates & streams)

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is set to release the Power & Passion EP on November 6 via his new home at Universal Republic Records. That EP includes lead single, "Telephuck," which features El-P (who eXquire recently toured with) on the beat and Gucci Mane with a guest verse...

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Chris Denny in conversation with Ben Nichols of Lucero (both in town to play shows very soon!)

Ben Nichols (Lucero) @ Maxwell's (more by Tim Griffin)

Seeing that Lucero is about to be in town with a big show at Webster Hall on Saturday night (10/17), and that Chris Denny (last seen on stage with Deer Tick in Prospect Park) is about to make another NYC appearance (including at the free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos on Thursday, October 22nd), I thought it might be cool to get these two Arkansas musicians (who have met before) on the phone...

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Lucero – Universal album & Ramblin’ Roadshow Tour Dates

Lucero @ Maxwell's - June 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)Lucero's sixth studio album and major label debut, , is due October 6 on Universal/Republic Records...

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Sonic Youth signs to Matador Records

Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool (more by Lori Baily)"After rampant speculation, Matador Records can confirm the label will be releasing a new studio album from Sonic Youth sometime in 2009...

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Be Your Own Pet censored EP & 2008 Tour Dates (McCarren)

"By now you probably know the story ... days before the release of their sophomore album (Ecstatic Peace / Universal) Be Your Own Pet were informed by the Universal Records higher ups (ya know, the people in suits in the corner office at the top of the building) that three tracks on the album were too violent for the impressionable ears of Be Your Own Pet fans...

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‘MySpace forms music venture with big labels’

News Corp's (NWSa.N) MySpace, the world's largest social network Web site, said it has formed an online music venture with three major recording companies in a challenge to Apple Inc's (AAPL...

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Jay-Z stepping down as Def Jam president, opening hotel

After an unusual three-year turn in the corporate suite, Jay-Z, the rap superstar, said Monday that he would step down from his post as president of Def Jam Recordings, one of the world’s best-known record labels...

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