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Brooklyn dream-poppers DIIV are among the many, many buzzed-about bands playing about 52 shows apiece in Austin this week for SXSW. And they’re probably not the only ones who aren’t happy about this experience. They are, however, probably the most prominent band to come out publicly this year and say how much they hate it, while it’s still going on. Here’s what frontman Zachary Cole Smith posted on Tumblr:

Hi Austin. Fuck SXSW. There… I said it.

Here, the music comes last. 5 minute set-up, no sound check, 15 minute set. The “music” element is all a front, it’s the first thing to be compromised. Corporate money everywhere but in the hands of the artists, at what is really just a glorified corporate networking party. Drunk corporate goons and other industry vampires and cocaine. Everyone is drunk, being cool. “Official” bureaucracy and all their mindless rules. Branding, branding, branding. It’s bullshit… sorry.


(via DIIV)

A couple of things here. First: This is an absolutely defensible case to make. Bands don’t magically find huge new audiences from playing SXSW, and the madcap grind of playing all those shows has to be tough on them. There’s a very real chance that Smith is just writing what tons of other bands are thinking. Second: DIIV didn’t necessarily have to play SXSW, and Smith, who doesn’t live in a vacuum, presumably had a pretty good idea what he was getting himself into. That doesn’t invalidate his point, but it might complicate it. I hope he starts having a better time down here, anyway. I’m having fun, but I don’t have to haul equipment anywhere. If Smith gets a moment, I suggest he locate the Korean taco truck; it has a way of improving your day.



Thom Yorke laces up his dancing shoes for yet another music video, in the form of Atoms For Peace’s “Ingenue”. However, unlike the video for “Lotus Flower”, Thom has a partner this go-around and together they pull off some pretty memorable moves.

“Ingenue” is off Atoms For Peace’s full-length debut, Amok, which is out now via XL Recordings. Read more at consequenceofsound.net

Listen to Frank Ocean’s new song, “Wiseman”


As previously reported, our Artist of the Year Frank Ocean penned a new song for Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained. However, the untitled ballad failed to make the final soundtrack, so tonight Frank let it loose on his Tumblr. He added, “django was ill without it.” Take a listen below.

Update: The song is called “Wiseman” — click here to see the lyrics.

Tarantino explained the song’s omission in an issued statement:

“Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.”

Click the link to download: http://www.sharebeast.com/pfdaolu2142p]Wiseman.mp3


Photo from nappyafro.com article by Alex Young for consequenceofsound.net

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