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Courtney Love is launching a new clothing line, in collaboration with the label Midnight Studios. The line, billed as a "capsule collection," will be available only at this weekend's Hypefest in Brooklyn.

"The collection will feature sweaters, shirts, and pants that are decorated with imagery lifted from her memoir Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love," reports Pitchfork. The irony: on the book's cover, Love is naked.

Check out some promo photos for the line, shot at Love's "Los Angeles estate." According to Hypebeast:

Styled alongside clothing and jewelry from Love's personal wardrobe, the collection includes Love's handwritten diary entires and lyrics, alongside photographs, artwork and DIY show flyers. Oversized T-shirts highlight the bold imagery, with newspaper clippings, doodles and even the book's title emblazoned on the front, rear and sleeves of the monochrome layers. A pair of washed blue jeans sport similar imagery, while a hoodie and tote bag sport lyrics nabbed from Tom Waits' "Heartattack and Vine": "Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk."

Mac Miller tribute concert planned

Chance the Rapper, SZA, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and John Mayer are among the artists who will perform at a tribute concert for the late Mac Miller. "Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life" will take place Oct. 31 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, with ticket sales benefitting the newly-launched "Mac Miller Circles Fund, a new foundation meant to help provide resources and programming for arts education in underserved communities," reports Rolling Stone.

St. Vincent to re-imagine Masseduction

If you're one of the many people who mispronounced the name of St. Vincent's album Masseduction as "mass education," you'll be glad to know that the Canadian visionary is now releasing an album that's actually titled MassEducation. The new album, which drops on Oct. 12, is a re-recording of Masseduction featuring only St. Vincent on vocals with Thomas Bartlett on piano. She describes the new album as "two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City." For a taste of what the new record will sound like, she's shared the re-imagined version of "Slow Slow Disco." (Rolling Stone)

Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick dies at 72

Geoff Emerick, a recording engineer who worked with the Beatles from 1962 until the end of their career, has died of a heart attack at age 72. Emerick was at first just an extra hand around the studios, but worked closely with the Beatles and producer George Martin starting in 1966 with the Revolver track "Tomorrow Never Knows."

"Geoff Emerick was a groundbreaking engineer, particularly in terms of his eagerness to try anything and everything to meet his artists' expectations," said Martin's biographer Kenneth Womack in a statement to Rolling Stone. "He famously captured John Lennon sounding like the Dalai Lama on a mountaintop for Revolver’s 'Tomorrow Never Knows,' later bringing the Beatles' career to a close in fine style on Abbey Road. Like his mentor, producer George Martin, Emerick was always laser-focused on getting the best out of the track that his artists presented. Working at that granular level, he proved himself to be the greatest engineer of his generation."

After the Beatles' breakup, Emerick continued to work with Paul McCartney, as well as artists including Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, and Cheap Trick.

California requires women on corporate boards — how does the music business stack up?

Music companies including Pandora and Live Nation will need to recruit more women for their boards of directors or face steep fines under a new California law mandating a certain amount of female representation on the boards of publicly-traded companies. That's despite the fact that, according to a Billboard, the music industry actually does slightly better than average in having women on boards. 21% of board members for music companies Billboard looked at were women, versus 18% of board members at America's largest companies generally.

The new law mandates a certain number of women on a board, varying depending on the size of the board. The required numbers seem modest — three women are required for boards of six or more members — but even so, only three out of 117 large music companies in Billboard's analysis meet the requirement. That would be Spotify, Amazon, and Vivendi — none of which are based in California. The worst offenders among major music companies when it comes to gender representation: Pandora and Warner Music Group, with just one woman each.

Tina Turner musical sets Broadway opening

A Tina Turner jukebox musical is headed to Broadway. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will open on the Great White Way next fall, as it continues a successful run in London with a production in Germany opening this coming spring. According to Wikipedia, "Tina is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Tina Turner, and depicting her life from her youth in Nutbush, Tennessee, through her tumultuous relationship with Ike Turner, and comeback as a rock 'n roll star in her 40s."


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
St. Vincent: "Slow Slow Disco" (new acoustic version)
Tom Waits: "Heartattack and Vine"
The Beatles: "Tomorrow Never Knows"
Excerpt from Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Jesse Spillane: "Ruffling Feathers" (CC BY 4.0)


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