Today in Music News: Fri Mar 4

Chad VanGaalen fans should be excited to hear the latest news surrounding his latest release Diaper Island. Diaper Island is VanGaalen’s first record under his own name since 2008’s critically acclaimed Soft Airplane.

While his previous records employed a modest basement studio sound, the musician decided to take his tunes to a larger recording room this time around. The result? Diaper Island is being touted as both the “most sonically cohesive album to date” and “the closest thing he has done to a rock album.”

Last month the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides a variety of services related to reproductive health to thousands — if not millions — of American women. Mountain Goats’ frontman and Kathleen Hanna both participated in a recent rally to support PP in New York City.

As usual, have a variety of great new releases online to stream in their Listening Party section. Some highlights include Rival Schools, Adele, Rural Alberta Advantage, Acrylics and more.

Cuff The Duke will play material from their upcoming album while performing for CMW next week. The new album, still unnamed, should come out before the end of 2011.

Weird meets weird in an upcoming film called Umshini Wam, which stars the controversial South African rap group Die Antwoord and is directed by filmmaker Harmony Korine. The synopsis is… interesting:

Big dreams, big blunts, big rims and big guns; it’s time to get gangsta gangsta. Ninja and Yo-Landi are wheelchair-bound lovers and real gangstas. They live in the outskirts of civilization, they shoot guns for fun, smoke massive joints and sleep in the woods. They don’t have any bling to show for their gangsta cred, but the world deserves to know who they are. They’re tramps and their wheels are starting to fall off. Ninja becomes despondent over their vagabond existence, but Yo Landi won’t let him give up. What ensues is straight-up gangsta mayhem, the realist of the real, true gangsta shit.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons and Flickr user El Diano.

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