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CMU’s One Liners: Thom Yorke, Shakira, Deers (Not Deers) and a multipack bag of other news bites

By | Published on Thursday 8 January 2015

Thom Yorke

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Thom Yorke didn’t make $22 million from his BitTorrent solo album release, as was recently mooted. A spokesperson for the Radiohead frontman has said that this is “totally and utterly false”. Because OBVIOUSLY he didn’t, and anyone who thought those claims were true is a fucking idiot.

• Shakira is working on a track with Iggy Azalea, according to El Mundo. And that seems like a pretty safe bet, even if it’s only a guess.

• Spanish garage rock band Deers have changed their name to Hinds. The move comes after the band “received an email from a Canadian lawyer” saying that the name Deers “created confusion with his band’s name. And that name is not even Deers (LOL)”. Other names considered were apparently Deets, Deeds, Deefs, Drees and Mac DeMarco.

• That band you like, Belle & Sebastian, have aired a song from their new album ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’, which is out on 19 Jan. The song is called ‘The Cat With The Cream’ and you can listen to it here.

• Barely a week goes by without The Body announcing some sort of collaboration or other. I mean, there was that album they did with Björk producer The Haxan Cloak. And that split LP with Sandworm. Look, I didn’t say there was one EVERY week. There is one this week though, because the monstrous metal duo are putting out and album with Thou. On it they cover Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Terrible Lie’, which you can hear here.

• Future Sound Of London’s psyche-rock side project Amorphous Androgynous are back with a new compilation album, which is good news for everyone. Titled ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind): The Wizards Of Oz’ it’ll feature a lot of tracks. One is ‘Raga In Asia Minor’ by Cybotron, another is ‘Mercy Killing’ by The Sunset Strip.

• Emika has announced her first album release through her new record label, Emika Records. Titled ‘Klavirni’, the record features a series of improvised solo piano pieces, performed on the piano she learned to play on as a child. It’ll be available on 26 Jan and is very good.

• 18+ will be in London on 28 Jan to perform at Corsica Studios. The duo released their debut album in November. You can download a non-album track, ‘Rebirth’, for free if you sign up for their mailing list.

• Jon Hopkins has signed on to headline the rejuvenated Bloc Weekend festival in March, joining a lot of other people who are good at electronic music. Details here.

• Katy Perry is working on a “a visual or a lyric related jab” at Taylor Swift in her Superbowl performance next month, someone or other told Hollywood Life. So that’s something to look forward to.

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