Allah-Las, “Allah-Las”

On www.allah-las.com, the Los Angeles band of the same name have posted a bunch of unusually excellent mixtapes. The latest, “Reverberation #25”, is pretty typical, taking in the likes of Jim Sullivan and Tim Hardin as well as the group’s backwards-facing contemporaries: White Fence, Sonny & The Sunsets and another bunch out of what always seems to be an unbelievably small and cliquey LA indie scene, The Beachwood

Dan Deacon, “America”

To be honest, I’ve not previously had much time for the music of Dan Deacon; for what struck me, perhaps erroneously, as an odd but not quite combustible mix of process, theory, audience participation, electronica and a certain imperishable indie tweeness.

We want your questions for Rickie Lee Jones

As she releases her new album, The Devil You Know, singular LA singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is set to answer your questions in Uncut as part of our regular Audience With… feature. So is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask her? What was it like working with musicians as diverse as Dr John and Mike Watt? Just how hard was the protracted writing and recording of Pirates? What happened to all those berets and spandex suits? Send your questions to us by noon, Wednesday August 29 to uncutaudiencewith@ipcmedia.com.

Afrika Bambaataa plans hip-hop museum in New York

Afrika Bambaataa has stated that he plans to open a museum dedicated to hip-hop. The musical legend has said that he wants the museum to open in the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx borough of New York City. Vintage Vinyl News reports that Bambaataa has signed a letter-of-intent to help create the National Museum Of Hip-Hop – however, the museum's future rests on the redevelopment of the former military site with a winning bid from the Youngwood and Associates developers.

Clinic announce release of new album, Free Reign

Clinic will release their brand new album, Free Reign, on November 12. Free Reign is the band's seventh album and has been produced in the group's hometown of Liverpool, by the band themselves alongside Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never). The album follows their last LP, 2010's Bubblegum and will be put out by Domino on CD, LP and digital download, as well as on a limited edition UFO format, which is a glow-in-the-dark, "cosmic flying disc" which comes along with a download code for the record.

John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman denied parole for the seventh time

John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has been denied parole for a seventh time. The 57-year-old, who shot Lennon in New York in December 1980, had applied for parole again this year, but was denied following a meeting of the New York State Board Of Parole, reports BBC News. Sally Thompson, the New York State Board Of Parole's 'deciding board member', wrote to Chapman to tell him of their decision and said that they had decided not to release him as they believed it would "undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life".

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