Samsung launches Music Hub in the US, but only for people with a very specific $200 phone

Samsung launches Music Hub in the US, but only for people with a very specific $200 phone http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-08-samsung-music-hub.jpg

It’s cloud and streaming mania! We’ll have to wait and see until the latest revenue figures come out, but I’m betting that the RIAA will be eating a healthy serving of a crow in the months and years ahead. The digital transition of music and entertainment generally is now fully underway, with Samsung being one of the latest companies to embrace an expansive digital music service. The only downside: you need a Samsung Galaxy S III phone to use it.

To those of you who own that particular phone, are planning on purchasing one, or are simply curious about the new service (which launched in the US last week), Samsung’s Music Hub takes an “all of the above” approach by including a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player, and a music store, all within a single app. That app costs $10 a month (not including song purchases), which is the same as Spotify’s premium service.

Asked to comment on Music Hub’s confluence of features, Daren Tsui, chief executive of mSpot, a digital music company that Samsung acquired in May in order to create the hub, remarked, “We purposely are trying to blur the line, whether it’s music from radio or catalog or your music… Honestly, where it comes from is less relevant especially if it’s a single plan. What you want is a holistic music experience at the end of the day.”

That sounds reasonable, but Ryan Nakashima at the Associated Press keenly points out the seeming redundancy of having cloud-based music storage, directly alongside millions of streamable tracks. That redundancy seems to be somewhat mitigated by the fact that people don’t always want to keep the music that they listen to; for instance, you have a song stuck in your head, and you stream it to get some quick relief. We all have our guilty pleasures.

Samsung’s Music Hub currently allows for a 30-day trial, in addition to one free album of their choosing. Jump on that, or something.

• Samsung Music Hub: http://www.musichub.com

The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi musical premiering in November; Wayne Coyne drops acid and says “those guys in The Flaming Lips are geniuses”

The Flaming Lips are an awesome band that have built their legacy on more than just some of the best albums of the last 20+ years; they’ve also reached greatness by continually pleasing their fans with surprising ideas. From the four-discs-played-simultaneously experiment of Zaireeka to their arena tour with Candlebox, from walking across crowds in giant bubbles to their multi-hour epics over the last couple years, The Flaming Lips are always trying new things. Latest example: The Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots musical, making its premiere in November at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA. In honor of their eccentricities, let’s try this news story in a different way. I’ll list a couple facts below and you guess which one is false:

1. The musical is about Yoshimi, a young Japanese artist facing the battle of her life: the battle for her life, where Yoshimi journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world and wages a war with fate.

2. It features music from several Flaming Lips albums like Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Soft Bulletin, and At War with the Mystics.

3. The musical receives its stage pedigree with story and direction by multiple Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff.

4. As a requisite to ticket purchase, all viewers must consume LSD, which will be handed out by ushers upon entering the theatre.

So, which one is false? I guess you’ll have to see the show and find out.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• La Jolla Playhouse: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org

The Dismemberment Plan just played eight new songs live! Meanwhile, thousands of fans everywhere just forgot eight old Dismemberment Plan songs.

Hey! Listen, I’m kind of in a hurry here. Besides, it’s like Tuesday already, so you probably know what happened at this past weekend’s Dismemberment Plan shows, starting Friday night at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery, right? Wait, you don’t? And you’re a “fan” of theirs?? Sigh. Fine, strap in. I’ll take you through it.

So, blah blah blah, “The Dismemberment Plan”… something, something, “live debut of first new songs in 11 years” or whatever it is… maybe I’ll throw in a dash of the old “Consequence of Sound reports," etc. etc. And a quick cutaway to Travis Morrison's Facebook recap:

Travis here.

We played a bunch of new songs this weekend at our shows. Eight to be exact! It went well, we think. We have a bunch more coming so we're going back to the lab to work on brand new ones and tweak these. No plans for recording as of yet, although certainly those conversations are happening now.

"Beyond that, he goes on to say (as if there's actually anything beyond that), "the shows were great. " So yeah, everyone in the band seems to be feeling positive and in good spirits about stuff, but other than that, not much to glean, really. Let's just cut straight to the fan reactions, shall we?

The new songs sounded better than the old ones!
-Rob Perry

Oh man. A new album would be so awesome.
-Skylar Francise

Omg new songs
-Sean Gilbertson

Yup, pretty funny out of context, huh? Well, that’s about it. You’re up to speed, and I’m out of here.

Oh, wait! The songs. Yes, there’s YouTube videos of at least six of them. I’m sure you can search them out yourself when you get a… oh, never mind. Here they are.

• The Dismemberment Plan: http://www.dismembermentplan.com
• DeSoto: http://www.desotorecords.com

[Photo: Josh Sisk]

Italians Do It Better founder starts new label, presumably under the assumption that Bavarians do it best

Who does it better? Italians!

WHO does it better? Italians!

Who DOES it better? Italians!

Who does IT better? New Jersey!

Hold up. That last response, that was a strange response. Based on previous patterns, I would have expected you to say, oh I don’t know, Italians. Instead, you said New Jersey. But this provides a good transition to the story at hand. Many years ago, Mike Simonetti founded a label called Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy fame. Previously, he had started the Troubleman Unlimited label. Now, as Pitchfork reports, he’s started a third label, known as New Jersey. Why New Jersey? Because Simonetti is from New Jersey. Duh.

Where Troubleman dealt in indie rock and Italians Do It Better explored the niche of italo-disco, New Jersey will focus on house and techno. Primarily, the label plans to put out music on 12-inch vinyl. The first of those 12-inches will be a release from Millions & Millions, a group consisting of Simonetti and vocalist Monty Luke. While the label has not offered further details on the release, it will contain a track called “The Dance,” which you can hear below (via their SoundCloud page):

• Italians Do It Better: http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com

Moon Duo release “blazing” new album on Sacred Bones, chart “epic” tour; “killer!”

Moon Duo wanna take you on a psychedelic picnic, maaaaaaan, to a place where it’s always summer, where the vibes are hazy, and fuzzed-out bliss is only a rocket’s hop away. A place called Circles, which is — coincidentally — the name of the band’s forthcoming LP on Sacred Bones. It’s the band’s first full-length since 2010’s critically-acclaimed Mazes. So pack up your Magic Eye posters, your friendliest psychedelics, and your freeze-dried astronaut ice cream, because Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada are gonna take you on a long, strange journey into transcendentalism.

Circles was dreamed up over a long winter in the band’s newish Rocky Mountains home in Blue River, CO, and inspired by American philosopher/high wizard of thinkin’ ‘bout nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson. In fact, the album’s title comes from Emerson’s 1841 essay on the unattainable, or “flying perfect.” As Emerson wrote, and the Duo jam, “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.” It’s an album with roots around the world; as previously mentioned, the tracks were written in early 2012 in Colorado, recorded a couple months later with engineer Phil Manley (Grass Widow, Fresh and Onlys) at Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco, and then mixed at Kaiku Studios in Berlin. And fittingly for an album with such diverse geographic seeds, Moon Duo’s fall/winter tour itinerary takes them all over the globe, from Atlanta to Antwerp. Circles drops October 2.

Circles tracklisting:

01. Sleepwalker
02. I Can See
03. Circles
04. I Been Gone
05. Sparks
06. Dance pt. 3
07. Free Action
08. Trails
09. Rolling Out

Dates:

09.26.12 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
09.27.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
09.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.29.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
10.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
10.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10.04.12 - Boston, MA - O’Brien’s
10.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10.08.12 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.09.12 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade
10.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
10.11.12 - New Orleans, LA - TBC
10.12.12 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
10.14.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.20.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
10.21.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko/Sunday Noise
10.22.12 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
10.23.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
10.25.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
10.26.12 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie
10.27.12 - Vendome, France - Les Rockomotives
10.29.12 - Montpelier, France - Le Rockstore
10.30.12 - Lyon, France - Sonic
10.31.12 - Milan, Italy - Leon Cavallo
11.01.12 - Rome, Italy - Angelo Mai
11.02.12 - Bologna, Italy - Covo
11.03.12 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
11.05.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
11.07.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
11.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
11.09.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Skala
11.10.12 - Berlin, Germany - H.A.U.
11.12.12 - Glasgow, UK - Captain’s Rest
11.13.12 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.14.12 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
11.16.12 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
11.30.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
12.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Down + Out
12.04.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
12.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore

• Moon Duo: http://moonduo.org
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Death Grips to release second album of 2012, tour, get down with Crispin Glover

Pitchfork reports that hardcore hip-hop assemblage Death Grips are making good on the promise they made earlier this year to release two full-length records in 2012. Since that announcement back in February, it’s been an uneven ride for the band. They released The Money Store (TMT Review) to widespread critical acclaim in April, then proceeded to announce extensive tourdates to support the record. Before they could hit the road, though, the band unexpectedly cancelled the entire tour, disappointing fans without so much as a proper explanation for that unfortunate development.

Could it be that they just needed to focus on the second album they were contractually obligated to produce and release in 2012? While the band’s statement is full of information about the new release, to be titled NO LOVE DEEP WEB and tentatively schedule to drop in late October on Epic Records here in the US, it doesn’t retroactively explain the lack of touring in support of The Money Store in any explicit manner.

I’ll let Death Grips lay all the details about the new release out for you, though:

the album is titled NO LOVE DEEP WEB
we are working on 20 tracks and looking to narrow down to 13.
it will be released by epic records in the us and columbia in the uk.
the release is scheduled for fall 2012. most likely late october.
we are in correspondence with Crispin Glover and working toward a video collaboration with him relating to this album.
we’ve been recording the album primarily in sacramento , ca. and oakland , ca. for the past five months.
we will be mixing it in shanghai , china.
there are no manually programmed drums on this album ,
the beats are being played live on a roland electronic v-drum set or acoustic drum set by zach.
there are no features , guest collabs or outside producers.
the material is cold , bass heavy , minimal , rock & roll influenced and could simultaneously fit into a rave or dance club context.
it is essentially rap and electronic music while at times extremely aggressive.
we plan on supporting this release live internationally. 

*the track that comes out sept.10 as part of the adult swim series is a previously unreleased track from the Money Store and is totally unrelated to the new album NO LOVE DEEP WEB. 
NO LOVE DEEP WEB is another sound and vibe entirely.

Death Grips

They certainly know how to try and make us forget about their past indiscretions — live drums! Chinese mixing! Crispin Glover! If you’re willing to forgive Death Grips, and I think I might be, then we’ve got lots to look forward to as the year winds down. Here’s to hoping the second half of 2012 doesn’t follow the same trajectory as the first half!

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net

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