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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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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RIP: Graciela Perez-Gutierrez, Afro-Cuban jazz singer

From The New York Daily News:

Graciela Perez-Gutierrez, the legendary Afro-Cuban jazz singer who blazed the trail for Hispanic pop stars like Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, died Wednesday after being hospitalized in New York for several weeks. She was 94.

Graciela, or “Gracie” to her friends, “was where it all started,” said Bobby Sanabria, who played on three of her records. “Without her, there is no Celia Cruz or La Lupe or any of the stars today.”

Is Menomena releasing a new album, Mines, this July via Barsuk? Plus: Could there be Record Store Day goodies in the forecast? Full stories and a whole lot more coming up tonight at 11!

Good news for all you doubting-Christians who like to listen to other doubting Christians make music about their doubt in Christianity! Portland-based loop-pop trio Menomena have announced that they’ll be releasing their third full-length record, Mines, July 27 on everyone’s favorite little-label-that-could, Barsuk Records (and in Europe on July 26 via City Slang). I think I speak for us all when I say that this news is truly super-BOSS.

In related news, the band has also teamed-up with like-minded Portlandites and labelmates The Helio Sequence for a special, limited-edition 7-inch in celebration of Record Store Day 2010. The 7-inch features new Menomena track “Pilgrim’s Progress,” as well as Helio Sequence’s “Converter.” And, in keeping with the trend of snazzy Record Store Day packaging, this modest little piece of wax will also come with a digital download code and special letterpress cardboard packaging designed by members of Menomena and The Helio Sequence. Ah, gotta love that sweet siren song of bloated physical media.

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