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Daily Top 5 News Countdown: Thee Oh Sees Announce Long Hiatus + More

Evening Standard, Hulton Archive

Music, like politics, is now subject to the 24-hour news cycle. As a result, it’s damn near impossible to keep abreast of the day’s myriad rock ‘n’ roll tidbits. But fear not: In the spirit of simplification and efficiency, we’ve collected today’s top 5 items and ranked them in terms of newsworthiness. Scroll down to see our picks.



Kanye West Says He’s Not An Anti-Semite

Rapper dicusses comments that got him in trouble with Anti-Defamation League



When Ye said Jews have stronger “connections” than blacks, he apparently meant it as an “ignorant compliment.” It’s like saying black dudes have big wangs, he adds in a radio interview, probably not helping his case… [Pitchfork]




Burger Records Unveils Tasty Holidaiy Mix

Stream 75 Xmas songs from the likes of the Muffs, Shannon and the Clams and White Fang



We’re partial to Dwarves leader Blag Dahlia’s ‘Drinking Up Xmas.’ Who else is thirsty? [Contact Music]


Stacey Mark
Stacey Mark


Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, Done With the Guardian

Singer and producer angered by story that followed his recent apartment fire



The piece in question looks at the merits of crowdsourcing to raise money, and Hynes — who lost all of his possessions, as well as his dog — thought it “disgusting.” [Contact Music]


Simone Joyner, Getty Images
Simone Joyner, Getty Images


Johnny Marr Rejoins Cribs Onstage

Guitarist guests with former collaborators during “Cribsmas” show in Leeds



If that doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy, nothing will. (Well, maybe a Smiths reunion.) [NME]


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Tell All Your Friends


Thee Oh Sees Announce Hiatus

Beloved San Fran garage rockers going away for a while



Singer John Dwyer’s upcoming move to L.A. is one reason the psych-rock greats are taking a breather, but their manager insists it’s not “completely over.” [Consequence of Sound]


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