The Beatles to release limited-edition single for Record Store Day; I’m thinking that this could be the mid-career boost they’ve been looking for

The Beatles to release limited-edition single for Record Store Day; I'm thinking that this could be the mid-career boost they've been looking for

Known the world over for their small but fiercely devoted fan-base and uncompromisingly technology-centric methods, experimental pop foursome The Beatles have always been pretty stubborn in their approach to marketing. Since the band’s inception in a college dorm room in Liverpool several years back, the group has remained adamant in their stance that their music “sounds best” when recorded with 100% pure digital signal paths and ought to be released ONLY in pristine, uncorruptable digital formats.

So its a pretty BIG fucking DEAL that these giants of the digital realm and early proponents of the now somewhat antiquated MP3 format (fact: it was still called “MP2.1” when they released their first album on it) are finally giving-in to consumerism and releasing a limited vinyl edition of the classic A and B-side pairing of “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” in celebration of this year’s Record Store Day. Yeah, you heard right. On April 17, a scant 1,000 lucky fans will finally have a chance to own these classic MP3s, presented here in a vintage-style paper Parlophone house bag, on a revitalizing format that is almost guaranteed to shed new light on the group that I’ve taken to calling “The Fab Four.”

But The Beatles are not the only artists jumping on this bandwagon and running the risk of alienating their dedicated, hardcore, digital-only fans. Other artists on the Parlophone label, including Pet Shop Boys, Bat for Lashes, Tinie Tempah, Babyshambles, Lily Allen, and Hot Chip will also be cashing in on this craze and releasing strictly limited-edition vinyl singles. The releases will be exclusive to the independent records stores taking part in the event. Let’s hope for the Beatles’ sake that this little gamble pays off.

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Flavorpill seeking submissions for new web-exclusive video series

Here’s a novel idea: a regular music program featuring indie music videos! Our friends at Flavorpill are about to unveil The Flavorpill Fix, a monthly online smorgasbord (yep, I said it) of everything from band interviews and performance footage, to comedy skits and music videos from “artists large, small, and even totally unknown.” Inspired by New York’s loss of the NYC TV series New York Noise and dedicated to showcasing videos before they hit the big time, The Flavorpill Fix is taking submissions… now.

But don’t take it from me, take it from these informative instructions, direct from the Flavorpill horse’s mouth:

If you’re as pumped about this as we are, email your videos (in Quicktime format, via Sendspace, Megaupload, etc.) to by Sunday, April 25. Also include: Contact info, a short list of credits (band, song, album, director, website) and any questions or special instructions you may have. We’ll get in touch if we plan to use your clip in the first Flavorpill Fix, which will go live in early May.

Read more about The Flavorpill Fix here. And remember: if it can’t be linked to a large group of high school girls in Kansas singing Justin Bieber songs, it’s already light years ahead of YouTube. And if your video is selected, the prestige will follow you around like bad cologne on a Lehman Brothers executive. Submit away, friends, submit away.

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Monster Movie (ex-Slowdive) release Everyone is a Ghost on Graveface; really aren’t as morose as they sound

Time passes so quickly when people stop staring at their shoes. It’s already been a decade since Christian Savill (Slowdive) and Sean Hewson began recording together under the name Monster Movie, and now 20 years since their earliest collaborations, beginning way back in 1990 (er, technically 1989) with a 7-inch as Eternal. Their newest album, Everyone Is a Ghost (the first since 2006’s All Lost [TMT Review]), was released this week on Graveface Records. With its synths and catchy melancholy, it’s the most pleasantly fuzzy thing to emerge this spring since the baby bunnies scampered across the yard.

The album consists of 13 songs (10 on CD, 2 as bonus for vinyl, and a download), and includes guest contributions from Ryan Graveface (Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow), Sophie Pittaway, and Rachel Staggs (Experimental Aircraft).

Here’s to a decade and counting!

CD tracklisting:

01. The World Collapsed
02. Down, Down, Down
03. How the Dead Live
04. Bored Beyond Oblivion
05. Everyone is a Ghost
06. In the Morning
07. Fall
08. Silver Knife
09. Help Me Make it Right
10. A Place in the Mountains

Vinyl tracklisting:

A1. The World Collapsed
A2. Down, Down, Down
A3. How the Dead Live
A4. Bored Beyond Oblivion
A5. All the Hurt Inside
A6. Everyone is a Ghost

B1. In the Morning
B2. Silver Knife
B3. Look and See
B4. Fall
B5. Help Me Make it Right
B6. A Place in the Mountains

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor end hiatus, curate ATP, plan shows

According to an update from All Tomorrow’s Parties, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have (smartly!) decided to end their too-long hiatus. In fact, the group has already been confirmed to both curate and perform on all three nights of ATP’s Weekend 1 Nightmare Before Christmas festival, which runs from December 3-5 at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead.

And that’s not it either. GYBE, whose album Lift Your Skinny Fists recently made #7 on our decade list, will soon announce a “handful of British and European shows, and then 9 American towns.”

But what about some new songs? According to the band’s statement:

between now and the live-dates, there’ll be rivers of noise and distraction. and the internet is a petty tyrannical monster. please remember that really all that matters is the keep on keeping on. and all that really matters is the shows. and physical engagement in the world. and folks like us and folks like you.

Does “noise and distraction” mean a new album? Hopefully. Godspeed I’m! So Excited.

Here’s the lineup so far for their ATP :

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor
• Bardo Pond
• The Ex
• Deerhoof
• Tim Hecker
• Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Stooges)
• Scout Niblett

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Rhymesayers announces Soundset Festival 2010 lineup; Method Man & Redman, Atmosphere, Brother Ali to perform

It’s that time of year again when the world starts turning green, when young lovers make out in empty parks, and when Rhymesayers Entertainment once again announces the lineup for its annual Soundset Festival (not to be confused with the Supersonic or Solid Sound fests).

This year, the festival boasts “two stages delivering over 40 artists performing nine hours of diverse music, an expanded B-Boy/B-Girl DJ tent, live painting exhibit, skate demo area, Slow and Low custom car show and a special Last of the Record Buyers production showcase.” The show will once again be held at Minnesota’s own Canterbury Park and will all take place on Sunday, May 30, rain or shine, starting at 11 AM.

Now on to the good bits! The entire list of confirmed artists is as follows: Atmosphere, Method Man & Redman, Brother Ali, Hieroglyphics (featuring Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Pep Love), P.O.S, Murs, Freeway & Jake One, Eyedea & Abilities, Wiz Khalifa, Cage, DJ Rob Swift, Grieves & Budo, 45 King, People Under The Stairs, BK One, DJ Revolution, Dessa, Yelawolf, Fashawn, Themselves, Busdriver, Toki Wright, Solillaquists of Sound, Prof & Rhazwell, Cecil Otter, Dark Time Sunshine, Ernest Rhodes, A.R.M (M.anifest & Krukid), Mike Dreams, I.B.E, Ice Rod, Plain Ole Bill, Mike 2600, Kid Cut Up, DJ Pratt and DJ Anton. The fest will be hosted by Peter Parker, Kevin Beacham, and, yes, DJ Snuggles.

Tickets cost $35 bucks, go on sale April 2, and are available at the dreaded Ticketmaster.

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RIP: Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of The Sex Pistols and The New York Dolls

From The Independent:

Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols and impresario, has died. He was 64.

McLaren had had cancer for some time. His condition recently deteriorated rapidly and he died this morning in New York. His body is expected to be brought home to be buried in Highgate cemetery, north London.

Born in North London, McLaren was best known as the manager of the iconic punk band The Sex Pistols. After attending and dropping out of several art colleges in 1971 he opened a clothes shop on the King’s Road , Let It Rock, with Vivienne Westwood.

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