EMI finally adds its catalog to eMusic; experience the thrill of buying Foo Fighters Mp3s all over again!

EMI finally adds its catalog to eMusic; experience the thrill of buying Foo Fighters Mp3s all over again! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-05-emusic-emi.jpg

Hey everybody! There’s a party going on online! The party — let’s call it eMusic, shall we — has been going on in one form or another for 13 years. But one of this party’s most hotly-anticipated guests — let’s call that guest Tito… no, sorry, let’s call it EMI Records — is like, soooooo late you guys. How late, you say? THIRTEEN YEARS LATE, bro!

But that’s all changed now. See, as of last Thursday, EMI has agreed to add their MEGA CATALOG to the offerings available through eMusic. From now on, all 15,000 EMI albums will be available for your online listening pleasure. eMusic CEO Adam Klein expressed his pleasure that EMI would be joining the other three major labels in providing their catalog through the website. “In fairness to them, they’ve been going through a lot of changes in recent months. We’re just delighted they’re up now,” Klein said, referring to Citigroup’s takeover of the label.

Alas, the EMI catalog will only be available to US-based customers. And there are some caveats: initially, only EMI releases older than a year will be available through eMusic, with newer albums being added over the next few months. Although eMusic was once home solely to indie artists, major labels have prospered through their affiliations with the site. Last week, Adele’s 21 (Sony), TV on the Radio’s Nine Types of Light (Universal) and Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light (Sony) were all in eMusic’s Top 10.

EMI is the big label umbrella that shelters labels like Blue Note, Astralwerks, Stones Throw, and my personal precious, precious favorite: Mute.

• eMusic: http://www.emusic.com
• EMI: http://www.emimusic.com

We may feel safe now, but The Rapture is still coming… out with a new album in September

Just the other day (guess which one), I says to my co-worker, I says, “You know, it would be great if The Rapture decided to make a come-back by releasing an album today.” The news comes a little late, but The Rapture announced today that an album is forthcoming, just as the end of the world will undoubtedly come — someday. The band posted the news on their Facebook wall, which, while technologically on par with Newt Gingrich’s ‘hip’ Tweet publicizing his decision to run for president, was infinitely cooler. The fourth full-length from The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love, will be out September 6, the same date that the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, William McKinley was shot, and Swaziland became independent. In my opinion, they could’ve picked a more universally dramatic day, but what are you going to do? (Blame James Murphy.)

Legendary French electronic producer Philippe Zdar took the production reins for the album (recorded in Brooklyn and Paris), and Murphy’s label DFA is releasing it in the States and North America (UK release: September 5). Keep on the look-out for more details in the near future, and remember to stock up on cans and keep your bathtub filled with clean water.

• The Rapture: http://www.myspace.com/therapture
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

Bang! Bang! Art Brut tour! Bang! Bang! Art Brut tour!

Like Interpol and Nas before them, Art Brut will seemingly forever suffer under the shadow of a brilliant debut. I mean, look at that headline; it’s been six years and my first thought is still a pun based around Bang Bang Rock and Roll. It need not be this way. They’ve released two fine records since then and they’ve even got another, titled Brilliant! Tragic!, coming out May 24 via Cooking Vinyl. More to the point, they’re a crackerjack live band! If you know me, you know I don’t just throw around the word ‘crackerjack.’

Let’s test how apt my use of crackerjack really is, though. Art Brut are heading to the US next month. Unsurprisingly, they are heading here to play a quick string of shows. Go to these shows (or, you know, just one of them) and find out for yourself exactly how crackerjack Art Brut can be. Something tells me that they shall be quite crackerjack. And if they’re not, well, I bet they’ll play “Formed a Band” and “Emily Kane.” That ought to make you happy.

Art Brut dates:

06.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
06.16.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.17.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
06.18.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
06.20.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06.22.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.23.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Williamsburg

• Art Brut: http://www.artbrut.org.uk
• Cooking Vinyl: http://cookingvinyl.com

Nas working with Odd Future’s Frank Ocean on new album in an early bid to be the Wayne Coyne of rap

Nas is a man with vision, a rapper who’s always evolving, taking cues from the underground, and — as One Thirty BPM put it — “looking toward the future.” THE ODD FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right, Nas is collaborating with Frank Ocean of the most controversial, most over-the-top, most-Twittered-about rap group in America today, Odd Future. Details are scant, but Nas has been working on tracks for his as-yet-unnamed, currently release date-less 10th studio album, and one (or several, who knows?) will include the smooth soulfulness of Mr. Ocean.

Both Nas and Ocean are currently on the road. Ocean just wrapped his first-ever tour appearances with Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future hooligans. Nas is on tour with Damian Marley throughout the summer. As for the reasoning behind the collab, Nas tells Billboard, “I just love what’s happening [in rap]. It threatens my position or makes me question what I’m going to do next. What impact do I want to have being in the business this long? It’s a challenge…scary, even.”

• Nas: http://www.nasindependenceday.com
• Frank Ocean: http://frankocean.tumblr.com

Demdike Stare perform live score to Rape of the Vampire at an L.A. masquerade, which will remind some of the industrial club scene many others never knew

It may be nearing summer, but while most people are cutting up old jeans and digging out 70s-style tank tops, a select few favor the bleak and the cold of dank caves and castles, smearing on mascara to match “‘The Cure’ Girl” camper in Wet Hot American Summer. If you’re in doubt that such a grim aesthetic can still exist in 90-degree heat, just head to the Erotique Fantastique Masquarade Ball on June 2, held at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Demdike Stare will appear to play a live score to Rape of the Vampire, the film that, in 1968, distinguished itself as the first French vampire film. (Don’t believe it? Look into it — fangs français were indeed scarce in movies before Jean Rollin had his way.) Demdike Stare’s eerie, gothic sound is perfect for film accompaniment — a “re-vamping,” they call it–without sounding like typical John Carpenter/Goblin derivatives (Umberto, Salem, witch house). We can’t help but agree that they are a natural choice for such a confluence of dark souls, even if the audience will end up looking like a Dresden Dolls concert.

In addition to Demdike Stare’s performance (which will include Anworth Kirk), there will be DJ sets from the Killing Spree crew, and probably lots and lots of leather. If you can’t make it to L.A. (or simply don’t have enough eyeliner to present yourself properly), you should at least check out the newest Demdike collection, Tryptych (TMT Review), pulling together old and bonus material from three previously released EPs. Anworth Kirk also have a self-titled LP out, but with only 500 available, you may be a little more hard-pressed to find it.

• Demdike Stare: http://www.myspace.com/pookawig
• Cinefamily: http://www.cinefamily.org

RIP: Kathy Kirby, Eurovision singer

From NME:

Singer Kathy Kirby, best known for her 1963 hit ‘Secret Love’ has died at the age of 72.

The Essex-born singer also memorably represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘I Belong’ in 1965, coming second to Luxembourg.

She passed away yesterday (May 19) after a short illness, according to BBC News. Her family released a short statement, saying: “She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends who have stood loyal for the years.”

• Kathy Kirby: http://www.kathykirby.me.uk