It’s fitting that on release week for Star Wars: The Last Jedi I can bring the Dark Side to the main website. One of my favorite supporter perks in the forum has been Dark Mode — a dark slate colored theme — and I’m excited to be able to bring this color palette to the main website as well. I love our white, grey, and blue color scheme, but at night I almost always switch over to the dark theme while browsing the website on my phone. However, I’d often move over to the main site to read an article and the white contrast would be a rude awakening for my eyes. No more! Supporters can now activate Dark Mode on the main website via their supporter options page or in the forum preferences. If you’re not a supporter yet, join now to get Dark Mode.
I’ve included some screen shots below of what the website and forums look like in Dark Mode, for those curious. I think it maintains my main design goals: simple, clean, and focused on readability, while adding a new flavor to the overall feel of the website.
Triple Crown Records has been putting out some of the scene’s most essential records for twenty years now, so it makes sense that their anniversary show ended up being one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. The four-band show had a mix of styles that spoke to the variance in sound the label has always had; a fan of almost any kind of music could’ve found a set to like. I ran through some of my favorites below.
Tonight Alive have shared a video for their new song “Crack My Heart.”
The notable bands on your television this week include: Walk the Moon (Kimmel; 12/11), Hailee Steinfeld (Fallon; 12/14), Against Me! (Daly; 12/14).
Kississippi has signed with Side One Dummy Records. The first single, “Cut Yr Teeth,” from the upcoming album can be streamed below.
U2 have the number one album in the country this week:
U2 achieves its eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rock band’s new Songs of Experience debuts atop the tally. The set bows with 186,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 7, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 180,000 were in traditional album sales.
Every Time I Die have started a “Curling for a Cure” auction on Ebay for their annual holiday show. All proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sister’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY.
Forever Came Calling have shared their new song “Kansas City” featuring Nick Thompson of Hit The Lights.
Melinda Newman, writing for Billboard:
Grammy album of the year nominee Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Bleachers, Shamir, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National and Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon have all signed on for The Ally Coalition’s 4th annual Talent Show, to take place Jan. 24 at New York’s Town Hall.
Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff will curate the Grammy week event, which will also feature comedians Aparna Nancherla and Phoebe Robinson, with more artists to be named.
The Spotlight team at The Boston Globe have posted the first part in a series on racism in Boston:
Google the phrase “Most racist city,” and Boston pops up more than any other place, time and time again.
It may be easy to write that off as a meaningless digital snapshot of what people say about us, and what we say about ourselves — proof of little beyond the dated (or, hopefully, outdated) memories of Boston’s public and fierce school desegregation battles of the 1970s.
Except that Boston’s reputation problem goes much deeper than an online search. A national survey commissioned by the Globe this fall found that among eight major cities, black people ranked Boston as least welcoming to people of color. More than half — 54 percent — rated Boston as unwelcoming.
I’d call this a must read.
Laura Jane Grace and Cyndi Lauper teamed up for a rendition of “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” at Lauper’s “Home For The Holidays” benefit show in New York City.
Creeper’s Hannah Greenwood has responded on Twitter to harassment at a recent show:
Manchester, let me start off and say the show last night was wild. Thank you to everyone that came and made it what it was. Unfortunately my night was slightly tainted when I came off stage to find out some guy yelled a derogatory comment at me before ‘Darling.’ This type of behaviour is not tolerated at Creeper shows – it shouldn’t happen at any show. Our shows are safe places where nobody should be made to feel uncomfortable, on or off stage. I’m just disappointed I didn’t hear the comment at the time otherwise I would have called it out there and then. Moving on from shitty comments, thank you to everyone that has come to this tour and made it so special.
James Blake debuted three new songs and covered Radiohead’s “Videotape” live at some of his recent shows. You can watch some fan shot videos of the songs below.
SoundCloud have released their 2017 year-end data:
We’ve amped up this year’s list for a total of 17 categories that touch every corner of the SoundCloud ecosystem, from hip-hop, pop, dance and rock, to what’s new, now and next in music culture. This year’s list celebrates the diverse creativity on the platform and within our community–everything from the buzziest tags in 2017 like ChillHop and Vaporwave, to the year’s most creative cities (welcome to the list Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seoul!).
The official trailer for Ready Player One has been released.
Charli XCX will release her new mixtape, Pop 2, this Friday. Two songs are streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme has shared a second apology for kicking a photographer in the face during KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas.