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

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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]

Pulp or no Pulp? Jarvis Cocker sides with Pulp and reunites his old band for Primavera

It’s been pretty close to a decade since Pulp have played a show together, and to tell you the truth, the world seems a little emptier because of it. Don’t get me wrong, Jarvis Cocker puts on a mighty fine show, but it’s just not quite the same. Cocker and his former bandmates must be feeling the same loneliness I am, because if you haven’t already heard, the former Sheffield superstars have announced their intentions to reunite and play 2011’s San Miguel Primavera Sound (the fest also recently confirmed Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Suicide, and John Cale).

The show will include all the original members (Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, and Mark Webber), because if it didn’t, then what’s the fucking point?

I’m sure that all the little Pulpites out there are collectively wondering when the band will schedule dates across the globe and then head back into the studio to record and release a new album. I don’t know much about the dates, but I can tell you that the band will release a new album in February 2012 called White Whale Eats Ahab. How do I know this? I have a time machine and you really don’t want to know what happens when you turn 22, so don’t ask.

• Pulp: http://www.pulppeople.com
• Primavera Sound: http://www.primaverasound.com

Wavves and Best Coast write Christmas song for Target; does this mean it’s cool to wear Mossimo shirts again?

Forget about Mariah Carey or Bing Crosby. This Christmas, everyone will be trimming their trees to “Got Something For You,” the new duet from Wavves and Best Coast that appears on mom-and-pop chain Target’s The Christmas Gig compilation (along with Bishop Allen, Crystal Antlers, others). You can currently stream the song (and the rest of the album) right here, and it will be available for download starting November 28. Perhaps you’ll get to hear their new Christmas song during their tour next year, when both Wavves and Best Coast get so stoned they think that guy with the white beard motioning to them is Santa instead of a disgruntled venue stage manager. Check the merch table for any Puma-sponsored cassettes.

Those dates again:

01.21.10 - San Diego, CA - Soma
01.22.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
01.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
01.25.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
01.26.10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
01.27.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
01.28.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
01.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.31.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02.01.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
02.02.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
02.04.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.05.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Mile End
02.06.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
02.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.10.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
02.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
02.12.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
02.14.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
02.15.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.17.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theater
02.18.10 - Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar
02.19.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
02.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
02.26.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center

• Wavves: http://www.myspace.com/wavves
• Best Coast: http://www.myspace.com/bestcoast