Black Star debuting new Madlib-produced material on Colbert Report tonight, cancelling shows after swinging and missing with Live Nation

Black Star debuting new Madlib-produced material on Colbert Report tonight, cancelling shows after swinging and missing with Live Nation

Remember back when we so gleefully announced that Black Star was touring following their Rock the Bells appearances? Well, turns out things aren’t going so swimmingly for Kweli and Mos when it comes to their tour promoters Live Nation. So let me tell you a little story about how it all went down, like Uncle Mos would do….

Following their two-night stint in Chicago, Talib Kweli tweeted, “Due to irreconcilable differences with Live Nation Black Star will not be performing in Atlanta tonight. Stay tuned for updates…” And when the updates came, well, he went back on his word, re-confirming the ATL show, only to go back again to say, “Apparently ticketmaster has already refunded 90% of tix so the show looks like it ain’t happening. Im still fighting, headed to atl.”

On September 30, Kweli updated fans explaining, “Regarding Black Star cancellations, I am just as frustrated as I can imagine many are. If it was my decision it would not go down like this.” After a bit more back and forth, the entire Black Star tour has been canceled, save for an October 8 show at the Restoration Rocks event in Brooklyn.

So the good news in all of this? Well, at least Kweli was kind enough to tell us that on October 5 (tonight!) Black Star will debut new material in collaboration with Madlib on The Colbert Report.

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RIP: Bert Jansch

From The Guardian:

Bert Jansch, a leading figure in the British folk revival of the 60s and one of the most respected musicians of his generation, has died of cancer aged 67.

A founding member of Pentangle, Jansch was also renowned as a guitar virtuoso and was sometimes hailed as a British Bob Dylan. Born in Glasgow on 3 November 1943, he released 23 solo albums, the last of which, The Black Swan (2006), featured collaborations with Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart.

Jansch was the recipient of two lifetime achievement prizes at the BBC Folk awards – one for his solo achievements in 2001 and the other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle. The band reformed in 2008.

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OXES reform, ready two new releases, play shows: OH MY GOD!

After roughly six years without a new recording, math-metalers and members of “Baltimore’s Rowdy Society” OXES will (finally) be releasing new music. Before the end of the year, the group — Marc Miller, Chris Freeland, and Nat Fowler — will have two new vinyl releases, a 12-inch and a 7-inch, both of which will be released by Baltimore’s Friends Records (which also released Miller’s solo effort as Microkingdom earlier this year). Not much is known about the 7-inch, but the “Bile Stbudy” 12-inch, which features new songs “Crunchy Zest”(which you can listen to at the Chocolate Grinder), “Orange Jeweleryist,” and “Bile Stbudy,” is available for pre-order and out November 22.

And, hey, OXES are playing live again too! The band had already confirmed a performance at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas event in Minehead, England on Friday, December 9 (curated by Les Savy Fav), but as any real American will tell you: if it happens in Europe, then it doesn’t really happen. Thankfully, the band has announced a show at Baltimore’s G-Sopt on November 5 with Thank You and “special guests” (spoiler: not me).

Because we’re all very hopeful for the future here at TMT, we are predicting that these shows will inevitably lead to a North American tour, a European tour, and a brand spankin’ new album to lay our grubby mitts on.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparties guaranteed to be Fun Fun Fun as long as you pace yourself

The sixth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, one of Austin’s 1,586,463,359 top music festivals, just announced the FFF Nites series — afterparty shows that are free to festival wristband holders. Taking place from November 4-6 (conveniently the same dates as the actual fest), the afterparties will be an extension of the festival and “allow for the Fun Fun Fun experience to continue after the park closes,” according to a press statement.

FFF Nites performers include Cold Cave, Kool Keith, The Thermals, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, DOM, Mates of State, Big Freedia and many more, with DJ sets by bands like Passion Pit, Neon Indian, and Austra. The shows are scheduled to take place in venues around Austin’s Red River district, including Mohawk, Beerland, Red 7, ND, and Beauty Bar. So if the festival’s name didn’t already give it away, with the addition of all these late night shows, there is now empirical proof that at FFF Fest the fun never stops.

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Rhapsody buys Napster from Best Buy and picks up some gummi worms in the checkout line

According to Billboard, Rhapsody announced today that they’ve bought Napster, which was previously owned by Best Buy. This makes for an even bigger year for the streaming music subscription service, as they acquired Yahoo! Music’s Music Unlimited (along with their 400,000 subscribers) in February. While Best Buy was not able to help Napster secure deals with labels as they had hoped, Rhapsody already has an estimated 800,000 subscribers and an attractive new freemium model, which should keep their competitors — such as Spotify — at bay.

Rhapsody president Jon Irwin stated, “This deal will further extend Rhapsody’s lead over our competitors in the growing on-demand music market. There’s substantial value in bringing Napster’s subscribers and robust IP portfolio to Rhapsody as we execute on our strategy to expand our business via direct acquisition of members and distribution deals.”

The remaining paperwork is expected to become final by November 30, 2011.

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Thom Yorke, Caribou, Jamie xx to do online DJ set, bring the experience of being sweaty and cramped to your very home

If you are like me, you wish you could be in a dark room packed with sweaty people who can’t hear each other speak all the time. Furthermore, if you are like me, we should be friends. We can hang out in dark rooms with a bunch of other people and smell bad and never hear each other’s words. Then we can go somewhere else and wish that this second location was dark and loud and sweat-covered, because those are the attributes we desire all locations to possess. Sadly, our dreams are not to be. But wait! Radiohead, the famous group of problem solvers, have a solution of sorts for us. They won’t be able to make us sweaty or our room’s dark (though I believe we can take care of those problems ourselves), but they will bring some DJ sets into our homes, presumably to be played at an extremely high volume.

On October 11, online radio station/music show will broadcast DJ sets from Thom Yorke, Jamie xx, Caribou, Lone, and Ilium Sphere. These sets will be broadcasted live from 8 PM to 11 PM BST. But where does that leave Americans, those that do not live within the time parameters of BST? I’ll tell you right now, it leaves us watching from 3 PM to 6 PM EST. If you live outside EST but cannot figure out when this broadcast takes place, then I cannot help you. Well, I can help you. I just won’t help you.

But what do all those DJ guys have in common, besides logically seeming like they might be in a room together? Simple: it’s their involvement with the Radiohead remix album TKOL RMX 1234567. That album will also see release on October 11 and seemingly stands for The King of Limbs Remix Many Xylophones One Two Three Four Five Six Seven. If the title is to be believed, this record will feature remixes of songs from the most recent Radiohead record The King of Limbs (TMT Review), along with the involvement of many xylophones. Also, numbers!

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