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Why Death Grips sold drama instead of a copy of NO LOVE DEEP WEB

Photo by Jonny Magowan
The Music Industry is a weekly column that dissects local and national music-business headlines with the help of local industry professionals and music fanatics.

This month, dark lords of alt-hip-hop Death Grips emerged from the shadows to thrill believers by leaking their latest album, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, online. The album's cover features a very NSFW shot of male genitalia  with the title scrawled on it in Sharpie, and inside, the record follows a sweaty band of punks from Sacramento as they commandeer the rap format and wipe the floor with their more commercial counterparts in the process.

Supposedly, their label Epic Records wasn't in on the decision, and they retaliated by pulling the band's website. Now, I'm a marketer by trade, and I can smell strategy a mile away. So, when casually interested bloggers and journos wondered timidly whether the Death Grips leak may have been a setup, I had to laugh.

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Mark Mallman's Marathon 4 is in progress! Minneapolis stop details

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Photo by Erik Hess
Dear internet, Mark Mallman is on his way to making some sort of musical history this week. Known for his feats of technological and musical mayhem, Mallman and his team are heading cross-country to create a seven-day documentary song in a pimped-out 1992 Vandura conversion van. The project began in New York on September 15, and continues until he reaches the song's coda in Los Angeles on September 22.

Along the way, Mallman and the many devices attached to his body are scheduled to stop in Minneapolis for performances Tuesday afternoon/evening. The full schedule and live stream is below.

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Mark Mallman preps for Marathon 4, a week-long NYC to LA song

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Tom Morello rages against Paul Ryan's machine

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Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello rallies against another Wisconsin Republican, Scott Walker, back in June.
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Brother Ali to join Tom Morello at rally to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Big shock: The revelation that Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine didn't go over well with the members of the band. Gimme Noise predicted this earlier in the week. In an op-ed with Rolling Stone, guitarist Tom Morello affirmed that the Wisconsin Republican "is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."
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The Roots diss Michele Bachmann with 'Lyin' Ass Bitch' as she walks on Jimmy Fallon

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Anyone who follows Roots drummer and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon staple Questlove on Twitter knows that he puts a lot of thought into the walk-on music the band plays for each of the guests on their show. One of the Roots' finest zingers to date was playing the Milli Vanilli song "Girl You Know It's True" when infamous lip syncher Ashlee Simpson came on the show -- complete with a skip on the main chorus to accentuate the part of the song that revealed that Milli Vanilli did not, in fact, sing their own music. 

But last night's entrance music just might take the cake.

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Mason Jennings' video for "Rudy," by Mason Jennings

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The semi-relaunched Paste Magazine is at the halfway point in their Mason Jennings-a-thon, premiering a video a week from the songwriter in advance of his ninth long player, Minnesota, releasing early next month. The second video, out today, is a little special though -- Jennings animated the entire thing himself. So... how is it?

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Spotify is coming to the United States, but what is it?

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The Internet is abuzz with the news that Spotify is coming to the United States. But what does that mean for us, exactly?

Their website lists an excited an announcement that the music service is coming to the U.S. (no date in mind), along with a few choice quotes from Mark Zuckerberg and Demi Moore (@mrskutcher, in case you forgot) singing praises of Spotify.

Here's what we know:

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Radio K founder Jim Musil reflects on the station's beginnings

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It's that time again. Radio K, the student run station from the University of Minnesota very humbly has launched another pledge drive and is asking for your help.

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The White Stripes release career bookend, starring Moorhead

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​The White Stripes played their final show nearly four years ago, on July 31, 2007 in Southaven, Mississippi, bidding adieu to a decade requited with rock and roll and giving every guitarist with furious intentions a little breathing room. Now, through his successful vinyl-centric label Third Man, Jack White is pressing that show and a couple other milestones to various forms of circularity. A final, official bookend to the Stripes' decade.

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Radiohead's newspaper, The Universal Sigh, comes to Minneapolis

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"Life had been almost ridiculously easy, and now things were going to get worse. Much, much worse."

"...without newspapers it was impossible not to write my own internal headlines during my sleepless nights. Worry became constant; worry and enforced exile from everything I was accustomed to."

If this was a real newspaper it would be the most depressing in the world - while trying to be the most hopeful.

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