Dr. Dre releases first Detox single, announces that he will put an end to all that rapping he’s been doing

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Famed rapper and producer Andre “Dr. Dre” Young announced recently to several prominent hip-hop publications his plans to retire from his career as a prolific rapper. This comes as a surprise to rap fans and haters alike, none of whom can seemingly go more than 10 feet without hearing a Dre verse coming from a car radio or a local storefront. “If there’s one thing Dre likes to be doing,” commented Dre protégé Eminem, “it’s rapping raps.”

Rap, a popular style of talk-singing invented by professional boxer Muhammad Ali, entered its “gangsta” phase in the late 1980s, due in part to the album Straight Outta Compton by Dr. Dre’s own rap team, N.W.A.. Dre went on to record two very popular rap albums, each of which he named after the same bag of really good weed. Dre’s long-awaited third rap album, The Detox, is due to drop in early 2011 (possibly February), and will be available as a single CD and as a box set containing Weezer’s Songs from the Black Hole and the PC game Duke Nukem Forever. Listen to the first single, “Kush,” over at Dre’s website.

“I got rhymes in my mind embedded like an embryo.” - Dr. Dre, 1988

“Going into the mic booth, that shit is over.” - Dr. Dre, 2010

• Dr. Dre: http://www.drdre.com

Elf Power salute their name by playing shows around the holidays

Most bands choose not to tour during December and instead spend time with their families. Elf Power, however, have a Christmas-themed band name to live up to and will therefore be bringing their holiday cheer to the barren wastelands of Europe this winter. In exchange for their generous gift of performing, perhaps Santa’s hipster, Elephant 6-loving nephew will let Elf Power trade in their tour bus for a ride on Santa’s sleigh. Elf Power will also be supporting their new self-titled album, which is out now via Orange Twin Records.

Elf Power dates:

11.29.10 - Gent, Belgium - Cafe Video
11.30.10 - Tillburg, Netherlands - 013
12.01.10 - Haarlem, Nethlands - Patronaat
12.02.10 - Vienna, Austria - Der Gute Club
12.03.10 - TBA
12.04.10 - Ancone, Italy - Gratis Club
12.05.10 - Cesena, Italy - Treessessanta
12.06.10 - Rome, Italy - Init
12.07.10 - Bologna, Italy - Covo
12.08.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - TBA
12.09.10 - Luzern, Switzerland - Treibhaus
12.10.10 - Freibrug, Germany - Swamp
12.11.10 - Lyon, France - TBA
12.12.10 - Zaragoza, Spain - La Lata de Bombillas
12.13.10 - Madrid, Spain - El Juglar
12.14.10 - Zamora, Spain - Theatre
12.15.10 - Vitoria, Spain - University Auditorium
12.16.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Moog Club
12.17.10 - Castellon, Spain - Tanned Tin Party
12.18.10 - Lleida, Spain - Cafe Theat

• Elf Power: http://www.elfpower.com
• Orange Twin: http://www.orangetwin.com

eMusic CEO responds to indies leaving, “discusses future of eMusic” (read: totally steers clear of actually discussing the future of eMusic)

Remember yesterday when we told you about how such indie powerhouse labels as Domino, Merge, 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade were pulling their catalogs from download-to-own subscription service eMusic because eMusic decided to alter their pricing model? And remember when we told you that the change was rumored to be set in motion by eMusic’s recent partnerships with major labels like Universal? And remember how we even reported Matador’s statement regarding the matter, which included such classy tidbits as “as eMusic has brought more major labels into the fold, they have changed the terms on which they deal with labels, some of which we have found impossible to accept, in our own interests, those of our artists, and ultimately those of their fans”?

Well, good. That makes this a heck of a lot easier. eMusic CEO Adam Klein has released his own statement today in the aftermath of all this hoopla, in which he “discusses the future of eMusic.” Although, if you notice, he doesn’t mention anything about the actual future of eMusic… you know, the one where it closes down because all the cool labels that just left lost them boatloads of subscriptions? Oh well. Check it out below in all its optimism (you might want to cue up some “Taps” first):

eMusic has always looked to be a home for thoughtful fans of music, no matter the source. Our aim has always been to offer the most complete selection of music possible. To that end we are adding to our U.S. catalogue over 250,000 titles from Universal Music Group, as well as new releases from Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group — much of this goes live on eMusic tomorrow (Nov 18) in the U.S. and the balance over the next few weeks. This is in addition to their catalog, which has been live for a year. These labels join thousands of labels already working with us to offer you the best music selection possible; in the future we will welcome more music in the UK, Europe and Canada as well.

In the process of expanding our catalog and making the changes necessary to serve our members and ensure the long-term sustainability of our business, a few labels have chosen to exclude themselves from the new comprehensive eMusic offering. We are treating all labels equally and therefore we believe fairly. We will greatly miss their artists and their music and trust that they will find their way back to our members soon.

We remain committed to the unique voice we have cultivated on the eMusic site, and to highlighting the music that inspires us, whether it’s sold 4 or 4 million copies, regardless of what label has released it. Our focus is on our members and we look forward to working with all of our label partners — new and existing — and to creating a service that benefits them, their artists and our members.

Adam Klein, eMusic CEO

• eMusic: http://www.emusic.com

Deerhoof leak album via online treasure hunt, then they go on tour, then they eat a whole gallon of ice cream, ‘cause Deerhoof is the most fun!

Deerhoof, they’re always having fun! They already announced that their new record, Deerhoof vs. Evil, is coming out via Polyvinyl on January 25, but that’s a little too dull and ordinary for Deerhoof’s taste. Album announcements aren’t fun — treasure hunts are fun. As such, Deerhoof are slowly leaking the entirety of Deerhoof vs. Evil through an online treasure map on their website that leads to various music sites around the world. Granted, this isn’t a very difficult treasure hunt, considering that all the treasure is clearly marked on a map and easily accessible, but, hey, don’t spoil Deerhoof’s fun. At the moment, four tracks from the record have been unveiled.

Deerhoof are also going on tour early next year. If the whole treasure hunt thing isn’t your idea of fun, seeing Deerhoof live should be. Really, if it’s not, then I don’t really understand your idea of fun.

Deerhoof dates:

12.05.10 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
01.27.10 - Sacramento, CA - Harlows
01.28.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
01.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
02.01.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
02.02.10 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
02.03.10 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone
02.04.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
02.05.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
02.06.10 - Raleigh, NC - King’s
02.07.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02.08.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Ridgewood Masonic Temple
02.10.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
02.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
02.12.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
02.14.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
02.15.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
02.16.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
02.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
02.18.10 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose
02.19.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
02.21.10 - Denver, CO - The Marquis
02.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
02.26.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene
03.14.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge (Japan NYC Festival)

• Deerhoof: http://deerhoofvsevil.com
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Sarah Cass]

S. Carey vows to keep the Northeast warm and cozy by touring with White Hinterland

Let’s get it out of the way right now: S. Carey drums for Bon Iver. Neat-o. With that done, let’s get down to business: S. Carey is heading out on a headlining tour with Portland’s White Hinterland in tow. Sean Carey (spoiler alert: the “S” stands for Sean) and his merry band will journey around the East Coast through December, spreading their cozy folk jams wherever they go. Scientists predict that this tour will be the third best way to keep warm this holiday season. The top two are fire and bourbon, respectively.

S. Carey with White Hinterland dates:

12.10.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
12.13.10 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
12.14.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
12.15.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Chapel
12.16.10 - Boston, MA - Paramount Center Black Box
12.17.10 - Portland, ME - The Space
12.18.10 - Montreal QC - Casa del Popolo
12.19.10 - Toronto ON - Horseshoe Tavern
12.21.10 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room

• S. Carey: http://www.scarey.org/tour
• White Hinterland: http://www.myspace.com/whitehinterland

The Strokes finish new album! For their sakes, I hope it’s hypnagogic enough

Hey, great news everyone! As NME reports, Julian Casablancas, lead talk-singer for the popular, “half-assed is the new whole-assed” rock ‘n’ roll combo The Strokes, has half-assedly announced on his solo-project-oriented Twitter that the new Strokes album is finally done and will probably be out in “a few months.” I guess he tweeted this in response to a fan straight-up asking about when the new record would be out… and to think, all this time and all we had to do was ask the man.

Of course, who knows what surprises and band drama may lie in wait in the mixing process, but if those five idiots can keep their egos in check, we may just have a brilliant new Strokes record on our hands in 2011! Wow! And just in case one man’s opinion is no longer good enough for you when it comes to all things Strokes-related, Nikolai Fraiture has also confirmed the album’s doneness on his Twitter account. Hey, how about that? It’s happening. This is BIG NEWS, people!**

(** please note that, although contractually obligated to zealously report this story, Tiny Mix Tapes understands and acknowledges that the qualification of “big news” could easily be interpreted as “hyperbolic,” as such blind enthusiasm for The Strokes here in 2010 could only realistically be predicated on the extremely unlikely event that our readership has no memory of the following list of abysmal Strokes-related releases that have effectively obliterated the members’ reputations as reputable artists:

• The Strokes — First Impressions of Earth - 2006
• Little Joy — Little Joy - 2008
• Albert Hammond, Jr. — ¿Cómo Te Llama? - 2008 (Yours to Keep was alright…)
• Julian Cassablancas — Phrazes for the Young - 2009
• Nickel Eye — The Time of The Assassins - 2009

If, for whatever reason, your optimistic attitude of “The Strokes have good music left in them, dude” remains after reading this list, then god bless you. If your Strokes glass is half-empty at this point, then cheers.)

• The Strokes: http://www.thestrokes.com
• RCA Records: http://www.rcamusicgroup.com

[Photo: Marcos Hermes]