Now Hear This: Negativland Loses a Member, Meek Mill Vs. Drake, And More

The Minders said “Hooray For Tuesday”, but since Friday is the new music day around the world, perhaps they should have said “Hooray For Friday”?

I know that’s not funny, I just wanted to start with this great song.

Sad news to start with — Don Joyce of the seminal noise group Negativland passed away on Wednesday. Joyce died at the age of 71 of heart failure. He joined the band shortly after guesting on their third album A Big 10-8 Place from 1983 and also coined the phrase “Culture Jamming”.

Joyce was also the man behind the weekly radio program Over The Edge, with the full run of the show slated to appear on Archive.Org soon (31 episodes are online now).  As per Joyce’s wishes, Negativland and Over The Edge will carry on without him.

In lighter news, Meek Mill is beefing with Drake over the fact that Drake didn’t write his own verse on “R.I.C.O.” from Mill’s new LP Dreams Worth More Than Money. Toronto city councilman Norm Kelly has tried to get in the feud by saying Mill is no longer welcome in the city. Kelly later clarified that Mill is able to visit Toronto (seeing as he’s got a concert there next week), he… just won’t be welcomed.

In polite Canada, not welcoming someone is the greatest insult next to being denied a 2-4 of Molson’s.

Speaking of Twitter beefs, Nicki Minaj briefly had one with Taylor Swift this week over the lack of women of color in the MTV VMA Nominations list. Swift took a comment about “celebrating slim bodies” from Minaj’s twitter feed as being about her, but they hashed it out and Swift apologized:

 Minaj accepted the apology:

ALL HAIL FRIENDSHIP.

Last week, we mentioned Wilco’s new, free album Star Wars, the one with the blinking kitty on the cover. This week, Wilco sent everyone who downloaded Star Wars a (kickass) list of 17 recommend recent albums. The full list is below, but I particularly dig Cibo Matto’s Hotel Valentine and William Tyler’s Deseret Canyon.

Adron – Organismo
Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine
Empyrean Atlas – Inner Circle 
Eleventh Dream Day – Works for Tomorrow
Full of Hell, Merzbow – Full of Hell & Merzbow
Game Theory – Real Nighttime
Girlpool – Before the World Was Big
Invisible Familiars – Disturbing Wildlife
Landlady – Upright Behavior
Luluc – Passerby
Ned Doheny – Hard Candy
Parquet Courts – Content Nausea
Richard Julian – Fleur de Lis
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
William Tyler –  Deseret Canyon 

Finally, Prince dropped a new video this week for “Baltimore”, about the death of Freddie Gray. The video includes scenes of the Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter protests, and is powerful stuff.

New Music This Week:  Ani DiFranco is releasing TEN live albums on her Righteous Babe label. The concerts all are from the period between 2003 and 2009.

Metal stalwarts Lamb of God are putting out their seventh studio album, Sturm und Drang.

Rhino is issuing vinyl for the three albums from Mike Doughty’s ’90s project Soul Coughing. The three albums, Ruby VroomIrresistible Bliss and El Oso have never been on wax before.

There’s a new Jill Scott album this week, Woman, her first since 2011’s The Light Of The Sun.