Morning Music Notes – 2014 Edition

We’re baaaaaaaaaaaack! After a nice little holiday in which I froze my ass off outside at the NHL Winter Classic, I’ve finished stuffing myself with turkey and homemade (well, Dad-made) sausage rolls and I’m ready to chat music again. So let’s go!

Illyin - Cold Season
We have something brand new from Toronto band Illyin Pipes. The band have a slow, harmonic groove on their latest single, Cold Season. The band released the track on their BandCamp page on January 3, when it was colder than Mars here in Toronto. How is that for symbolism? Illyin Pipes are made up of Jill Harris on vocals, Thom Varey on drums, Chris Pruden on keys, and Mark Rynkun bass. If you like Cold Season, then check out their December release Grasshopper. Hit play and enjoy Cold Season below.

Morning Music Notes
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Apparently if you wearing a Santa hat and pajamas all day and don’t blog, music news still does happen. Below is my attempt to get you up to speed with the latest happenings.

Jack White, who just dropped a single with his band The Dead Weather, has confirmed his next solo album will be released in May. Boom! (via Pigeons and Planes)

Drake is the Toronto Raptors ‘Global Ambassador‘, a made up role so that the Raptors can use Drake to seem cool. Rumour has it that the Raptors are considering a uniform and logo colour change from their red/black/white to match that of Drake’s gold/back OVO label. They will also only play Drake songs on the PA system. (via Toronto Star)

The Grammys might just be watchable now. The first live performance by Daft Punk since releasing Random Access Memories is set to be at the Grammys, with Stevie Wonder. Pharrell and Nile Rodgers will also join them. Not sure what role Stevie Wonder will play or how their songs will get mashed up, but here’s to Stevie Wonder hopefully dressing as a robot. (via Rolling Stone)

Morrissey famously proclaimed that meat is murder. His latest proclamation? “I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder. If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away.” Yeah, because that’s not a stretch at all. Has anyone dubbed him Moronssey yet? (via the Guardian)

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers passed away at the age of 74. Phil and brother Don had over 30 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts back in the 1950s and 1960s. (via Pitchfork)

You still might not know what a Bitcoin is, but another new virtual currency is on the way. This one pays tribute to Kanye West, and not because the coin talks nonsense and yells at you. The currency is Coinye West, and the makers say “I can picture a future where Coinye is used to buy concert tickets, with cryptographically verified virtual tickets, and other ideas I can’t give away just yet.” Can’t give away or haven’t thought of yet? (via Gigwise)

M.I.A. is leaving Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. After threatening to leak her latest album due to delays, and scrapping a documentary based on a leaked trailer, it’s probably for the best. (via Hollywood Reporter)

I don’t like My Chemical Romance but I do like cats, so the next story makes the cut. My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way is working on his next project – a comic book featuring cats. It sure must get lonely on the road. (via Gigwise)

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