Roll the Ledes | Music News: February 5, 2014

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— In news shocking only to people with way too much time on their hands: Buzzfeed‘s numerous transmogrification games are a waste of time. First, we take issue with them characterizing every 90s alt-rock chica with the term “grrrl,” for reasons clear to anyone with a passing familiarity with the term’s significance. And second, because, if Garbage‘s Shirley Manson doesn’t get “Shirley Manson,” well, then, yeah.


— Speaking of Riot Grrrls…Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill / Le Tigre / The Julie Ruin) has been announced as the guest curator of Calgary’s 2014 Sled Island Music and Arts Festival. Half of last year’s festival was washed out by massive flooding, but due to the generosity of many who forgave their debt or paid it forward to this year’s event, they were able to pick up the pieces and start over. The 5-day music and arts fest will take place June 18th – 22nd.


— (Sort of) New Music: Check out “Lowly Buzzard” by unsigned Seattle band, A Weekend at the Feelies.


— Flea has elaborated eloquently on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “unplugged” performance at the Super Bowl.


Moby has penned an essay about his decision to decamp from his native New York City for the vibrancy of creative life in Los Angeles.


— Check out a brief Warpaint interview and their performance on France’s Canal Plus (view songs individually here), and offered up this interview to Spin.


— More drama in the ongoing saga of the band going by the name of Black Flag, as bassist Dave Klein is now out of the band soon after the departure of singer Ron Reyes.


Paul McGuinness, who managed U2‘s entire career until recently, received Billboard’s Industry Icon Award at a breakfast event in Cannes this past weekend (because, what says “industry in decline” like a meeting of moguls in Cannes?). His acceptance speech was a wide-ranging, fascinating disquisition on his career and the state of the music business, and merits a read.


— One day after serving as the Weeping Elvis Video of the Day, the Sam Roberts Band conducted an AMA on Reddit. Coincidence? Definitely. As is the fact that the new album, Lo-Fantasy, is streaming on Paste until its release next Tuesday.


R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck and Mike Mills like baseball. A lot. Well, at least enough to be a part of a project called The Baseball Project, which is releasing its third album — entitled 3rd —  March 25th on Yep Roc Records. The group is planning to perform and official showcase at SXSW, before taking their show on the road to clubs and ballparks everywhere. This is not a joke.

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.