Jay-Z reveals his techie side and executive produces NBA 2K13

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Jay-Z is an enterprising fellow and, as we all know, enjoys making money. We’ve heard his records, worn his clothes, drank his liquors, lusted after his wife, watched his basketball team, and, soon enough, we’ll be playing his video games as The Jigga Man has been announced as an executive producer NBA 2K13.

Did he participate in motion capture? Did he try his hand at coding? Did he fill up a briefcase with copies of the game and go door-to-door selling it to bored youths in suburbs? Nope, nope, and nope. Mostly, H.O.V.A. just helped pick the soundtrack and, in a completely surprising move, has loaded up the soundtrack with his own music as well as plenty of tracks from fellow Watch The Throne watcher, Kanye West. In addition to the soundtrack, Jay-Zee also helped develop the intro videos, menu screens, and “the general aesthetic” of the game. “Jay-Z didn’t just want to put his name on it,” head marketer Jason Argent says, “He’d call us in the middle of the day with new ideas as to how the video game should be presented.”

Jay-Z, who co-owns the New Jersey Nets of Brooklyn, NY, also insisted that his team be allowed to win every game that they play inside the video game, that they be unstoppable, that their stats be juiced to the max, and that, after only a week of starting the game, the NBA All-Stars not playing for the Nets would all migrate to Jay’s team through in-game contracts and free-agency. At first, 2K Sports were hesitant to follow Jay’s direction, but, after being shown the secret set of naked Beyoncé pictures that Jay has, quickly agreed that the Nets would be the game’s most dominant team.

NBA 2K13 tracklist:

01. The Hours, “Ali in the Jungle”
02. Too Short, “Blow the Whistle (Main)”
03. Eric B. and Rakim, “I Ain’t No Joke”
04. Phoenix, “1901″
05. Jay-Z, “Pump It Up (Freestyle)”
06. Puff Daddy and the Family, “Victory” (feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
07. Daft Punk, “Around the World” (Radio Edit)
08. Santigold, “Shove It” (feat. Spank Rock)
09. Kanye West, “Amazing”
10. Jay-Z, “Run This Town”
11. Dirty Projectors, “Stillness Is the Move”
12. Nas, “The World Is Yours”
13. Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
14. Roy Ayers, “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby”
15. Justice, “Stress”
16. Jay-Z, “The Bounce”
17. Kanye West, “We Major” (feat. Nas & Really Doe)
18. Mobb Deep, “Shook Ones, Pt. II”
19. Meek Mill, “Ima Boss” (Instrumental)
20. Kanye West, “Mercy” (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
21. U2, “Elevation”
22. Jay-Z, “On to the Next One”
23. Jay-Z, “Public Service Announcement”
24. Jay-Z, “H.A.M. (Instrumental)”

• Jay-Z: http://lifeandtimes.com
• 2K Sports: http://2ksports.com

Isis announce Temporal, a requisite collection of retrospective rarities, remixes, and videos

In the 2010 blog post announcing their disbandment, the well-known sludge metal band Isis talked about having done everything they wanted to do, and said everything they wanted to say. Some of those sayings were obviously distributed through their formal releases; others were cast aside like the sporadic comments of a shy middle schooler, drowned out by the words of their more overtly talented classmates.

Abandoning the verbal metaphor now, Isis mentioned at the end of that blog post their devotion to doing whatever they can to make their music available “for as long as there are people who wish to hear it.” Only three years removed from Wavering Radiant (TMT Review), I think it’s safe to say that people are still interested, and with that, Isis and Ipecac Recordings have announced Temporal, a “retrospective collection of unreleased rarities, remixes and videos,” due out November 6. The collection spans the band’s entire discography.

Drummer Aaron Harris had this to say about the project: “It was fun and also very nostalgic collecting material for this release. I hear our catalogue differently now that I’m not living with these songs day to day. This is a special collection of outtakes, demos, unreleased tracks and videos; some of which I think we even forgot about.”

Unsurprisingly, with a title like “Temporal,” the release does nothing but increase the well-deserved longevity of Isis’ music.

• Isis: http://www.isistheband.com
• Ipecac: http://www.ipecac.com

RIP: Jason Noble of Rachel’s, Rodan, Shipping News

From Caring Bridge:

Around 10:15AM this morning Jason went into cardiac arrest for a second time. After 45 minutes of CPR and other heroic measures the NIH staff were unable to get his heart to pump again. Jason passed away just before 11AM surrounded by friends and family. He will be cremated here in Maryland early next week prior to making his final journey back to Kentucky. Plans for a larger gathering to celebrate Jason’s life is still in the works but is expected to be at least a few weeks out.

• Rachel’s: http://www.rachelsband.com
• Rodan: http://www.myspace.com/rodanrusty
• Shipping News: http://www.myspace.com/shippingnewstgqs

Mount Eerie to tour North America this fall, possibly conjuring heat lightning and abnormal high tides along the way

A one-eyed man leads you from the woods to the ocean, and as you watch clouds roll in over the water, he tells you about storms, mountain fires, root systems, and the moon. He asks what you know about traveling, and before you can reply, he unfolds a map with tiny, old-fashioned farm tools drawn along the coastlines. Before you can ask where to go or even what his name is, the one-eyed man disappears.

The wind kicks up, and a path materializes.

Mount Eerie tourdates:

08.25.12 - Rochester, WA - Helsing Junction Sleepover
08.26.12 - Astoria, OR - Kala Hipfish Space
08.27.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09.02.12 -Olympia, WA - Northern
09.03.12 - Missoula, MT - Zoo City
09.05.12 - Minneapolis, MN - CO Exhibitions
09.06.12 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin, Music Hall
09.07.12 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
09.08.12 - Albany, NY - Rest Fest, at St. Joseph’s Church
09.09.12 - Buffalo, NY - 9th Ward at Babeville
09.10.12 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
09.11.12 - Syracuse, NY - Badlands
09.12.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
09.13.12 - Burlington, VT - Studio A at North End Studios
09.15.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
09.16.12 - Manhattan, NY - (le) Poisson Rouge *
09.17.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.18.12 - Washington, DC - Montserrat House
09.19.12 - Durham, NC - Duke University
09.20.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
09.21.12 - Louisville, KY - Quill’s Coffee
09.22.12 - Chicago, IL - TBA
09.23.12 - Ames, IA - the Orange Gentleman / Maximum Ames festival
09.24.12 - Omaha, NE - DP Muller Studio
09.25.12 - Lawrence, KS - Lawrence Arts Center
09.26.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis
09.27.12 - Austin, TX - the Parish
09.29.12 - Marfa, TX - TBA
09.30.12 - Tucson, AZ - Topaz #
10.01.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom #
10.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Public Fiction #
10.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts #
10.04.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
10.05.12 - Oakland, CA - Lobot #
10.08.12 - Chico, CA - Origami Lounge #

* Loren Mazzacane Connors
# Bouquet

• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

[Photo: Marc Krause]

Six Organs of Admittance blast off onto West Coast tour with new spacetacular album Ascent

Psych-folk freak Six Organs of Admittance is back with… a hard-rockin’ journey into space, heavy riffs, and sad sad loneliness (from the looks of the album art and the press release, at least)! Fortunately, this particular voyage dans la lune is more likely to get you headbanging than say, banging your head into a wall and/or glass of vodka — unlike Reigning World Champion of Ultra Depressing Space Pop Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home).” (God that song is depressing.) See, Six Organs’ Ben Chasny has teamed up with his compatriots in Comets on Fire to bring fans a new full-length called Ascent that’s waaaay heavier than the usual Six Organs of Admittance modus operandi (e.g. last year’s Asleep on the Floodplain), in the best possible way. You can check out the album’s reworked version of the track “One Thousand Birds,” which originally appeared on 2002’s Dark Noontide via SoundCloud below. Ascent drops on August 21 via the good people at Drag City.

And coming this fall, Chasny will be packing up some good old fashioned face-scorcher rockets and blasting off on to a brief West Coast tour. He’s assembling a special band for those dates, several of which will have members of Comets on Fire sharing the stage with the Six Organs mastermind. East Coast tourdates are in the works for our friends who do not live in close proximity to the Pacific.

Ascent tracklisting:

01. Waswasa
02. Close to the Sky
03. They Called You Near
04. Solar Ascent
05. A Thousand Birds
06. Your Ghost
07. Even If You Knew
08. Visons (From Io)


09.20.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.21.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
09.22.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
10.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Cabaret
10.03.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.04.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

• Six Organs of Admittance: http://www.sixorgans.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Giovanni Troili]

µTorrent begins free content monetization thing, helping artists, but (probably) bothering its users

Trying to acquire free stuff over the internet? Turned off by the inherently commercialized nature of the entertainment industry? Well, if you’re currently using µTorrent, and in the immortal words of… I believe it was Heathcliff Huxtable, “Too bad. So sad. Your dad.” — minus the “dad” part.

BitTorrent Inc., the owners of the popular BitTorrent client µTorrent have just announced a series of “experiments” aimed at, according to TorrentFreak, allowing artists to generate revenue through free distribution. Contrary to expectation, these “experiments” begin not with crazed doctors performing homicidal research, but with a DJ Shadow partnership, that involves bundling with µTorrent exclusive content and tracks from his upcoming archival album Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions from the MPC Era, 1992-1996, as well as sponsored software and other “goodies.” BitTorrent Inc. plans to continue the bundling experiment as a means of producing a “lucrative” revenue stream for artists, while simultaneously giving users access to more free content.

Wondering how bundling free content with µTorrent generates revenue? The (optional) installation of bundled software (such as a media player or anti-virus program) produces the revenue. That revenue will then be partially split up between the artist and BitTorrent Inc. With regard to DJ Shadow’s bundle specifically, “New users will get the option to download it when they install µTorrent, and existing users will see banner and text ads promoting DJ Shadow’s bundle.” Doesn’t that just sound… well, rather annoying?

Still, the idea is an interesting one, and the fact that the bundles are free is bound to appeal to some µTorrent users. Others, like myself, have a natural impulse to click “no” to these sorts of offers. A “lucrative” revenue stream? I’m betting more on a trickle — the type that splatters in the middle of the bowl, when it’s the middle of the night, and you’re trying not to wake anybody up. Er, yeah.

• BitTorrent Inc.: http://www.bittorrent.com
• µTorrent: http://www.utorrent.com