Audiogalaxy announces Mixes, may have found the sweet spot between exciting illegal file sharing and boring old Spotify

Audiogalaxy announces Mixes, may have found the sweet spot between exciting illegal file sharing and boring old Spotify http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-03-audiogalaxy-mixes.jpg

Remember Audiogalaxy, the P2P service that lurked in Napster’s shadow back in the day and eventually suffered a demise similar to the robocat-icon’d behemoth? Well, they’ve been back in the picture (as has Napster) in a millennial-approved format for a while now, offering a free cloud-based service that allows you to upload your music collection and access it anywhere, keeping themselves in business by selling mobile application upgrades and plug-ins.

Bringing something different to the table, though, the service just announced a new feature called Mixes that allows users to create intuitive playlists that draw from Audiogalaxy’s larger pool of music. You add the ‘ingredients’ (time, place, key artists) and select from a few variables, like how ‘popular’ the selections should be, and Audiogalaxy scans its vast collection to create a playlist. The more you use the service, the better Mixes is supposed to become at creating playlists that you’ll enjoy.

What is unique about Mixes is that Audiogalaxy, instead of trying to broker deals with the actual rights holders of the majority of the music in its system (a.k.a. Major Labels), has instead partnered with the organizations that are responsible for collecting and paying out royalties to rights holders (SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC). Because Mixes is an online radio-like feature (it just uses its customers’ music as a catalog), it uses a model similar to radio stations to determine what royalties are owed. Mixes also presents the user with the opportunity to purchase any given track that they don’t already own and have in their cloud from Amazon, thus providing the rights holders an additional opportunity to get paid directly.

While no one would be surprised if the lawsuits start lining up to take this new feature down, one would hope that the major labels would see the benefit in allowing users to access a service that intuitively introduces them to new artists they might like, while at the same time ensuring royalties are paid. Reason isn’t their forte, so we’ll just have to wait and see…

• Audiogalaxy: http://www.audiogalaxy.com

Hyperdub to re-release Street Halo / Kindred — a single CD containing both Burial EPs; can you say “全く素晴らしい”?

Who says that, as a musician, maintaining an aura of mysteriousness doesn’t have its advantages? Roughly three weeks ago, I awoke to find my email inbox relatively inundated with messages from various newsletters alerting me to the following, and I’m paraphrasing here: “BURIAL - NEW KINDRED EP - DIDN’T INFORM US BEFOREHAND - MUST BE THE FIRST TO REPORT THIS - VERY EXCITED - BUY NOW.” In a sense, it’s not terribly unlike the collective ejaculation that occurs among journalists of all stripes whenever Apple releases a new product (speaking of which, new iPad!), so I’m sure Burial, regardless of his intentions, got some mild enjoyment out of surprising the bejesus out of everyone with his 30-minute shroud of boundary-pushing… future garage? Dubstep? Whatever stylistic classification you prefer, Burial somehow seems to be getting better at it, which is saying quite a bit, considering the man has yet to release anything short of superlative. Giving fans of his a bit more forewarning this time, Hyperdub has announced the repressing of Street Halo / Kindred, an album containing all of the tracks from the associated EPs, which was originally produced for the Japanese domestic market, and which will be out April 9.

Unfortunately, like the original album inconspicuously released on February 11, and according to FACT, this limited-edition CD release will only see the light of day in Japan, where the people are notoriously keen on exclusive, unique, and otherwise downright weird things. Keep your penis parades and outrageous game shows, Japan; the rest of us (well, at least those of us who occasionally prefer to buy physical albums) want in on those rare music releases.

Street Halo / Kindred tracklisting:

01. Street Halo
02. NYC
03. Stolen Dog
04. Kindred
05. Loner
06. Ashtray Wasp

• Burial: http://www.myspace.com/burialuk
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Sean McCann’s Recital label busts a fat “new modern classical” nut with albums by Radiant Husk and Troy Schafer

Sean McCann is all about public services. After releasing so many amazing and varied limited tapes and CD-Rs in the last few years that Masami Akita begged him to halt production in a 2009 conference call with Ashtray Navigations, the American Tapes label, and Will Oldham, McCann helpfully released The Capital (TMT Review) as a sort of primer on what he does, which is inch the ghosts in your creaky house ever-closer to Heaven by simulating a series of tectonic shifts in the lower mantle of the Spectral-Earth. The album put everything into perspective for us over-saturated music lovers, and we thanked him for it by placing The Capital at #19 on our 2011 year-end list. Now we’re acting like we’ve been meditating to the Fountains 2xCD-R all along and are clamoring for more “overwhelmingly melodic” music, which we ain’t finding at The Hype Machine. Enter the McCann-curated Recital label, who’ve just released their first batch of 16th-/22nd-century bangers!

First up is the collaborative Vanity Fair LP from McCann and Ekhein label head Matthew Sullivan, which you can read all about and watch a promo video for at the Chocolate Grinder. Here’s a small but stunning sample from it:

Second and third (the best/the one with the polka dot dress, respectively) are Radiant Husk’s Micromegas and Troy Schafer’s Evening Song Awaken, both released in deluxe CD-R editions with hand-stamped inserts and jewel cases and evocative odors. Micromegas is a collection of “flustered and saturated drone” by Bezoar Formations’ Matthew Erickson that uses saxophone, organ, gong, and tapes as its musical palette. In order to qualify for the Recital label, Radiant Husk (pictured above) had to convincingly claim that the album was based on Voltaire’s short story of the same name from 1752 — and it worked! Troy Schafer is an extremely proficient violinist, and on Evening Song Awaken he lays down the case for “extreme violin proficiency” with seven tracks of gorgeous unaccompanied classical violin. Listen to a track from each below:

All three releases are now available for purchase direct from the label (note: the CD-Rs are only $6!), and are going fast, understandably. Next up for the label will be a brand-new album from Scott Foust’s Idea Fire Company called Rags to Riches; check back for more on that soon. Unless I die in a fire!

• Recital Program/Sean McCann: http://www.recitalprogram.com
• Matthew Sullivan: http://www.ekhein.com
• Radiant Husk: http://www.bezoarformations.com
• Troy Schafer: http://troyallenschafer.bandcamp.com

Villette Sonique announces 2012 line-up; feat. DOOM, Shabazz Palaces, Sleep, Ital, Dirty Three, Julia Holter, Peaking Lights, Psychic Paramount, DJ Rashad, and every other band TMT jerks it over!

From: J. Jonah Jameson
To: Nobodaddy
Date: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Subject: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

hey there narwhaldaddy,

i added a story to the queue this evening about a festival in france, which isn’t too exciting for us a-bomb riding americans, but the lineup is sort of ridiculous so i thought it would be nice to give a mention. its called “Villette Sonique” and it’s going down May 25-30 in paris. tons of tmt faves at this thing: doom, shabazz palaces, chris & cosey, ital, peaking lights, dirty three, psychic paramount, iceage, girls, etc. would ya mind smacking this one out of the park tomorrow morning when you get in, lover?

thanks!
J. J.

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From: Nobodaddy
To: J. Jonah Jameson
Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Subject: Re: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

i really hate when you bother me at home. but whatever, just give me the goddamn info so i don’t have to hunt around for it and google-translate a bunch of pages in the morning.

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From: J. Jonah Jameson
To: Nobodaddy
Date: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Subject: Re: Re: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

got the info below for you, nobo. although… you know, shouldn’t digging this stuff up be your job?

Great Hall de la Villette - Friday, May 25
MF DOOM / SHABAZZ PALACES / TBA

Great Hall de la Villette - Saturday, May 26
SLEEP / THE MELVINS / PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT / ICEAGE

Le Cabaret Sauvage - Saturday, May 26
NIGHT REDBULL MUSIC ACADEMY: FRANCOIS K. / PEARSON SOUND / TBA

Great Hall de la Villette - Sunday, May 27
GODFLESH / THE SOFT MOON / LITURGY

Trabendo - Sunday, May 27
CHRIS AND COSEY / ITAL / JOHN TALABOT

Trabendo - Tuesday, May 29
DIRTY THREE / JULIA HOLTER / PEAKING LIGHTS

City of Music - Wednesday May 30
GIRLS / TBA

Parc de la Villette - Saturday 26 and Sunday, May 27
MUDHONEY / ARIEL PINK & R STEVIE MOORE “Ku Klux Glam” / DEATH GRIPS / THE FIELD / THE SPITS / I: CUBE (live) / NGUZUNGUZU / Egyptology / DJ RASHAD & DJ SPINN / BLACKIE

tickets, prices, and more info over here. you might want to get rid of all that caps lock too. thanks again!

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From: Nobodaddy
To: J. Jonah Jameson
Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Subject: Re: Re: Re: early wednesday asap news story
mailed-by: gmail.com

GO FUCK YOURSELF, MR JAMESON.

• Villette Sonique: www.villettesonique.com
• VS on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Villette-Sonique/53618715689

Mount Carmel release Real Women on Siltbreeze; this is an album release story, not a headline about a hostage scenario

Columbus, Ohio power-blues trio Mount Carmel have produced another nugget of early-70s rock for your listening enjoyment, and its name is Real Women. Out now on Siltbreeze, the album by the difficult-to-Google group is a straightforward collection of tunes that sound like they could have been put to record four decades ago. Or just this past year, as is actually the case!

The band’s first album since their 2010 self-titled release, Real Women makes you want to put on your bell-bottomed jeans, grow your hair out and part it down the middle like any good, rock-loving white person of your parents’ generation. Take a trip back in time without all the hassle of accidentally having sex with your mom/dad by checking out the new album, lighting some incense and partaking in your libation of choice.

Real Women tracklisting:

01. Swaggs
02. Real Women
03. Oh Louisa
04. Be Somebody
05. Choose Wisely
06. Hear Me Now
07. Don’t Make Me Evil
08. Rooftop
09. Lullaby

• Mount Carmel: http://www.myspace.com/mountcarmel1
• Siltbreeze: http://www.siltbreeze.com

Hodgy Beats (OFWGKTA and MellowHype) inspires journeys to Mecca with Untitled EP

Since the inception of the genre, rap groups have tended to top out at around three or four members, but any musical historian would be remiss if they, for some reason, decided to intentionally overlook the handful (more or less) of noteworthy outfits that have casually exceeded that number, as if it didn’t present a decidedly un-hip fire hazard in the recording studio. Groups like Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and more recently, OFWGKTA a.k.a. Odd Future, have taken poetic collaboration to another level, and to an extent where you might wonder how chaotic their Thanksgivings are. Surely, it has to take a toll on the individual after a while, which is why you’ve seen many of the members of the aforementioned groups branching off and trying their hand at solo work. One of the latest to do so is Hodgy Beats, one half of the duo MellowHype, which, going even further down the musical family tree, is a part of OFWGKTA. Late last month, Hodgy Beats released his Untitled EP, which was produced Flying Lotus, the Alchemist, Thelonious Martin, and Juicy J.

It’s free, so don’t feel guilty about downloading it directly here at an unfortunately low bit rate of 160 kbps. Or, if you’re uncertain about whether or not it’s worth it to taint your already pristine digital collection of lossless music, you can stream the album here. Bit rates be damned, this appears to be worth a listen.

• Hodgy Beats: http://hodgybeats.tumblr.com
• Odd Future: http://www.oddfuture.com

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