On a sad note to start off with, legendary jazz musician and composer, Sam Rivers passed away. Rivers was 88.
The cause of death for legendary rapper, Heavy D who passed away in November has been released. According to TMZ, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has said that the rapper died after suffering a pulmonary embolism, more commonly known as a blood clot, in one of his legs, which was brought on by deep vein thrombosis. The rapper also suffered from heart disease, which could have also been a contributory factor.
To celebrate his 30th birthday and his epic year, Frank Turner along with Jon Snodgrass have released the free song, "New Years Day," to celebrate, well, new years! Get the song HERE.
Scissor Sisters will release the follow-up to 2010's dance-tacular, Night Work. The band will release their fourth album in 2012 and their new single in the coming weeks.
In the next few days, producer and DJ extraordinaire, Diplo will release his new EP, Express Yourself. Diplo is giving the EP away for free via Mad Decent and will feature Datsik, Sabi, Elephant Man, GTA, Excision, Nicky Da B, LAzer Disk, and Billy the Gent.
As a Christmas gift to fans, The xx released a demo from their forthcoming sophomore release which will be out in 2012. Take a listen to it below:
Manchester Orchestra are already at work on the follow-up to this years, Simple Math. Take a look at a video of them in the studio that they tweeted earlier today: