EMI officially breaks up with Grooveshark, Grooveshark tells its friends that it actually broke up with EMI, so there!

EMI officially breaks up with Grooveshark, Grooveshark tells its friends that it actually broke up with EMI, so there! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-04-emi-grooveshark.jpg

It was announced this week that EMI, the only major label to have set up a legitimate licensing deal with the shady service, is severing its ties to Grooveshark. While EMI’s impending merger with Universal probably helped support this move (seeing as how Universal as well as the other two majors, Sony and Warner Music Group, are already suing Grooveshark for use of their artists’ content without compensation), EMI put forth a simpler explanation, stating that Grooveshark failed to make any payments on a $450,000 promissory note signed at the time of the original licensing deal, way back in November 2011. Apparently the first payment of $100,000 was due this past March 15, and when Grooveshark failed to pay, the jig was up.

So how has Grooveshark responded? Well, let’s just say they’re being their usual polite, adult self. A statement released by the streaming site in response to the break with EMI noted that, “Grooveshark was recently forced to make the difficult decision to part ways with EMI due to EMI’s currently unsustainable streaming rates and EMI’s pending merger with Universal Music Group, which we consider monopolistic and in violation of antitrust laws. To date, Grooveshark has paid over $2.6 million to EMI, but we have yet to find sustainable streaming rates. In spite of this, Grooveshark’s dedication to artists and rights holders remains the same.”

Oh, that wily Grooveshark, always turning the tables! Of course it was you who broke up with EMI and not the other way around. And why would you owe them anything, anyway, since you gave them WAY more money than you were supposed to already? Stupid EMI, wanting compensation for use of their artists’ music as agreed upon in a legal contract.

Grooveshark does have a valid point with the whole “monopoly” claim, not that it seems particularly relevant to the issue at hand. A lack of licensing deals hasn’t stopped Grooveshark from doing its thing thus far, and the lack of one with EMI probably isn’t going to slow it down either. Until governments start throwing some weight behind the label’s desire to see the site go down in flames (which they’re likely to do sooner than later), Grooveshark will continue to operate in the weird delusional bubble that keeps them seemingly guilt free as they rake in the advertising dollars.

It appears Grooveshark may be legitimately scared this time, though, putting continued pressure on Digital Music News to fork over information about a potential whistleblower from within the Grooveshark Organization that may have contributed to the suits filed against the site by the major labels. Stay tuned as this story develops!

• Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com

Unsound New York: Sun Araw, Actress, Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Peaking Lights are playing. Pop some allergy meds and get out there!

2003 wasn’t just the year after Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. 2003 was the year Unsound Krakow started up, a festival that, according to its website, “is interested in the idea of cross-border collaboration, and thinking of the festival as a tool for commissioning and fostering new work.” 2010 wasn’t just the year before Strobo Trip. 2010 was the year Unsound New York cropped up, an offshoot of the Krakow festival that somehow brings together everything “from contemporary classical music to post-industrial sounds to black metal to new directions in bass driven club music.”

This year’s festival will take place April 18-22 across five different venues: BAMcinématek, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Public Assembly, Lincoln Center, and ISSUE Project Room. The lineup includes a number of artists from Eastern Europe as well as plenty from the USA and the UK: 2562, Actress, Baaba, Black Rain, Biosphere, Tomek Choloniewski, Dave Q, Demdike Stare, Distal, Eltron John, Jeremy Grimshaw, Laurel Halo, Heat Wave, Hieroglyphic Being, Mark Van Hoen, Julia Holter, Jenny Hval, Hype Williams, Inner Tube, Ital, Jacaszek, Julia Kent, Denis Kolokol, Kotra, Lustmord, LXMP, Maria Minerva, Monolake, Napszyklat, Next Life, Nguzungzu, Nondor Nevai, Peaking Lights, Andrea Pensado, Pole, Sepalcure, Sun Araw, Teeth, Throwing Snow, Dave Tompkins, Nate Wooley, Zemi17, and Zavoloka.

Any of those strike your fancy? Hit up the Unsound website for individual tickets (some of the events are free!!!)

Unsound Festival New York 2012 is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, and the Goethe-Institut New York.

• Unsound: http://unsound.pl/en

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland share 30 unreleased tracks for free download, achieve maximum choong

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland’s Black Is Beautiful is almost here (due April 17 via Hyperdub), and as a “fucking awesome” reminder, they’ve just let loose another heaping handful of tracks under the name The Attitude Era. The mixtape/unorganized jumble is being offered for free download here (originally posted at the end of this interesting Hype Williams profile at The Guardian), but get it now because the link will be dead in two weeks.

Though a mishmash, The Attitude Era clocks in at 33 tracks and nearly 1.5 hours; damn. Plus, you never know with these two whether an untitled track might be the highlight of the album, so no sniffing at these titles just because they say “version” or “unmastered” or “rejected remix.” Inhale, exhale.

The Attitude Era “tracklisting”:

tape 3 mix weds
Showcase of the Immortals ramirez mix instrumental
AMIR voc mix
attitude adjustment
The Attitude Era
bar rumba
Sinn Fein
slugabed rejected remix
This is the remix
untitled
WHITE FLIGHT
WHITE FLIGHT II
white flight refix
y2j
8210
copeland not ever
face turn MASTERED
Schadenfreude
PROGRESSION
poison dub unmasterd
Parred
Millenial Turk
THE MANDIBLE CLAW
Judgement
Jericho
heel turn vocal version
LUNA VACHON
Existential flux
Energy God
copeland rumors unmastered
untitled
blinder
The Sniper

• Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland: http://www.youtube.com/pollyjacobsen
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Thrill Jockey releases debut album by kandodo, world’s first band named after a supermarket (at least according to a quick Google search I did)

It’s a long way from English stoner rock to African-inspired jams with titles like “witchdoctor” and “lord hyena, 3am,” but The Heads’ Simon Price don’t care, baby; he’s ready to take you there. Price is steppin’ out to do the solo thang, and with the moniker kandodo and a little help from his friends at Thrill Jockey Records, the singer/guitarist has got a debut self-titled album, kandodo, on the way. Inspired by Price’s youth in Zambia and Malawi, the nine tracks on his solo debut have more to do with Spacemen 3, Neu!, and Brian Eno than tribal rhythms, although the inspiration behind all the tracks is, according to Thrill Jockey, “animist religions, hyenas, sharks and dusty drives.” And grocery stores, apparently: Kandodo is the name of a Malawian grocery store where Price and his family shopped in the 80s. If only Tesco or Rainbow Foods or my local Food 4 Less could inspire such dreamy tunes.

The project gathers some of Price’s first-ever solo recordings, which he made at home with a secondhand MacBook, a guitar, a tambourine, some keyboards, a drum pedal, and a Walkman, which he used for field recordings. (Look it up, kids.) This summer, kandodo’s eponymous debut is slated to be released as both a CD and everybody’s favorite, a gatefold LP. Curious parties can meet Lord Hyena on June 12, when Thrill Jockey releases the album into the wild.

kandodo tracklisting:

01. dawn harmonix
02. laud the hyena
03. ceramy
04. yamadharma
05. dagga
06. witchdoctor
07. shangri last
08. kandodo
09. lord hyena, 3am

• kandodo: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kandodo/168305819900725
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Leonard Cohen still unpacking and repacking a single suitcase for his European Old Ideas tour in August

You were trimming my roses / I was the slip of the shears

You were feeding my dogs / I was your animal fear

You were fixing my bike / I was the broken gear

You were washing my car / I was the neighbor’s leer

You were asleep on my porch / I was not even there

Come visit me in Europe / I’m on a tour, dear

Tourdates:

08.12.12 - Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter’s Square
08.14.12 - Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter’s Square
08.25.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rosenborg Castle
08.26.12 - Aalborg, Denmark - Molleparken
08.28.12 - Bergen, Norway - Bergenhus Festning - Koengen
08.31.12 - Goenberg, Sweden - Tradgardsforeningen
09.02.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Sonera Stadium
09.05.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wuhlheide
09.06.12 - Monchengladbach, Germany - Hockey Field
09.11.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Imma
09.12.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Imma
09.25.12 - Verona, Italy - Verona Arena
09.28.12 - Paris, France - Olympia
09.29.12 - Paris, France - Olympia
09.30.12 - Paris, France - Olympia
10.03.12 - Barcelona, Spain - St. Jordi
10.05.12 - Madrid, Spain - Palais Desportes
10.07.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao Atlantico

• Leonard Cohen: http://www.leonardcohen.com
• Sony: http://www.sonymusic.com

Black Dirt Studio starts NATCH, a free collaborative recording series ft. Stellar OM Source, Steve Gunn, Pigeons, more planned

Upstate New York’s Black Dirt Studio, established in 2005 by No-Neck Blues Band dude Jason Meagher, has seen a lot of activity in the fairly short time it’s been around, with all sorts of great bands and labels (many likely influenced by NNCK) recording their best work within its walls. Peaking Lights, Hototogisu, Psychic Ills, the late Jack Rose, Blues Control, Expo 70, and Charalambides have all recorded there, as have artists on labels like Siltbreeze, Woodsist, Kranky, Locust, Northern-Spy, Soft Abuse, and The Social Registry. With that much concentrated heaviness permeating the place, Black Dirt had to create some sort of pressure release valve, so they’ve started up NATCH, a series of new, unheard collaborative recording sessions offered up for streaming/downloading free of charge.

Unlike the frantic energy of a recording session meant for future commercial release, NATCH sessions are intended to be approached by the artists as “open format,” meaning they can feel free to travel down any of the roads they might be less open to explore on their own albums, “from improvisation to cover songs to instant composition to sound environments to sound environments to original prewritten material to a simple exploration of the process.” A prequel session was released from 2007 with two long pieces recorded by Dave Nuss (NNCK), Rahdunes, Stellar OM Source, and Aswara, but other than that each session should be fresh music from 2012. NATCH 1 features The Black Twig Pickers and Steve Gunn, recorded this January, and NATCH 2 was recorded in February by Pigeons, Dave Shuford, and Margot Bianca. Two additional sessions are also finished and on-deck, NATCH 3 being a collab between Volcano the Bear’s Aaron Moore and Carter Thornton:

You can stream and/or download all NATCH sessions at their blog, or over at the Free Music Archive. Cool stuff, right? That’s why I just told ya bout it, knucklehead!!

NATCH: http://natchmusic.tumblr.com
• Black Dirt Studio: http://www.blackdirtstudio.com

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