Erykah Badu puts her time management skills to the test with the announcement of not one but two albums before the end of 2012

Erykah Badu puts her time management skills to the test with the announcement of not one but two albums before the end of 2012

For those of you wondering if you’ll have to wait a good number of years for more Badu, as has been the case over the last 15 years of her career, the answer is a resounding NO! Ms. Badu has announced her intentions to release not one but TWO albums this year — one a solo release and one a collaboration with the Dallas-based improvisation group The Cannabinoids. No further details about the albums have been released, but this information has hopefully satiated the part of your brain (pictured above) that yearns for top-quality neo-soul information. You’re welcome.

Thinking back to the announcement of Badu’s three-part New Amerykah project and its subsequent release schedule (Part One in 2008, Part Two in 2010), it may be wishful thinking to expect this declaration to come to fruition by the end of the year. Cross your fingers, pray, whatever you’ve got to do, folks.

The Cannabinoids features Badu’s musical director, RC Williams, as well as the producer of presumably Badu’s biggest hit, Baduizm’s “On & On”, Jah Born. A brief preview showing Badu and the ‘noids in the studio is available over at Fact. It doesn’t reveal much, and the only part of the audio track that features Badu is a processed sample that comes in about halfway through the :53 second clip, but it’s still something to look forward to. The world could always use more Badu.

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Cam’ron releasing a track a day for 30 days, because he has many new topics to insightfully rap about

You mad… that Grammy-nominated (yes, really) rapper Cam’ron still appears to be releasing new material? It’s a rarity these days for even the most successful rappers to still be in the game more than a decade on, so I’ll give credit where credit is due. The guy isn’t a total failure, and he at least appears to enjoy what he does, which is more than you can say for the many who pursue the art form purely for the glamorized lifestyle. Cam’ron could’ve gone the route of long-time friend and fellow rapper Mase and pursued a life of Jesus-inspired celibacy, occasionally showing up in public solely for the purpose of giving memorably creepy smiles. But he didn’t. He went on The O’Reilly Factor and handed Bill his ass. Well, kind of. I’m not even sure if Cam’ron made a coherent point throughout that entire interview. But he did hand the internet one of its greatest and most well-known memes, and for that, we dwellers of the world wide web are truly thankful.

As I just alluded to, Cam’ron hasn’t retired. According to the folks at Rolling Stone, who bravely took on the task of deciphering his Twitter page, Cam’ron is releasing a track every day for 30 days (excluding weekends) as a part of something called the “UNLostFiles” — U.N. standing for “Us Now,” and being the hip-hop group founded by Cam’ron in 2009. It may not be as racially diverse as the international organization also based in New York, but they’re probably more politically effectual. Go here, here, and here for the first, second, and third tracks in this 30-day series. Cam’ron’s seventh studio album, More Gunz, Less Buttah, is slated for release on June 5.

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Jim O’Rourke and others contribute to album-length remix in support of Sohrab’s request for political asylum

Nearly a year ago, we let our readers know about Iranian ambient musician Sohrab’s stateless status following the Middle East protests that led him to leave his home in Tehran and seek political asylum in Germany. Sohrab had his request denied at the time, and since then he’s been gathering funds for lawyer’s fees and continuing to fight for legal status. Unfortunately, after all this time the situation has remained largely the same, so now Sohrab’s label Touch is rolling out the third in a series of benefit remix compilations called You Are Not Alone, pairing other sound artists with Sohrab’s raw material and letting them have at it.

Previous volumes (both still available to download) saw reworkings by Daniel Menche, JG Thirlwell, Philip Jeck, and Jóhann Jóhannsson, and the newest entry (all mixed together into one 45-minute track) features remixes by bearded man Jim O’Rourke and BJNilsen, to name a few. The digital release is available now and all £4.49 of it will go toward funding Sohrab’s ongoing appeal.

You Are Not Alone III tracklisting:

Maia Urstad, “Himmel über Bergen”
Zerocrop, “Susanna (Zerocrop remix)”
Sarah Nicolls, “Orshab”
Achim Mohné, “Syntactical audio observation of the apparatus”
BJNilsen, “Marg Bar (DUB)”
Jim O’Rourke, “Somebody”

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RIP: Dick Clark

From ABC News:

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose trademark “Rockin’ Eve” became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

Clark’s agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a “massive heart attack.”

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn’t long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family’s radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling.

Clark landed a gig as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952, spinning records for a show he called “Dick Clark’s Caravan of Music.” There he broke into the big time, hosting Bandstand, an afternoon dance show for teenagers.

Within five years, the whole country was watching. ABC took the show national, and “American Bandstand” was born.

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Daniel Johnston releases soundtrack to Space Ducks comic book/iPad app (ft. Eleanor Friedberger, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lavender Diamond, and a bunch of ducks from outer space)

Remember a few weeks ago when we told you all about how Daniel Johnston’s first studio album in three years was gonna be released in iPad app form as some sort of game in which you (presumably) do a bunch of Angry Birds stuff… but, you know, with ducks? And that it was all based around a comic book concept called Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness that was unveiled at SXSW last month? And then you were worried slightly, because you luuuuuurve (with u’s and a v) Daniel Johnston, but don’t own one of those crazy-expensive iPad things and hate the abominable task of reading words and then associating those words with accompanying, sequential illustrations???

Well, never mind all that, because just like with any good religion, you can just skip the parts you don’t like! The game’s “soundgrack,” (ya know, Space Ducks: Soundtrack) is also out NOW, along with the game and comic. According to Johnston’s peeps, it’s a “two part recording comprised of 7 new Daniel-penned songs including the title track ‘Space Ducks Theme Song,’ ‘Mask’ and tongue-in-cheek ‘Mean Girls Give Pleasure’, plus 5 new Space Ducks inspired songs written by Deer Tick, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Eleanor Friedberger, Fruit Bats and Lavender Diamond.” And who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to write your own song about the Space Ducks after listening to all this infinite musical greatness, just like Kurt Cobain did (he ended up calling it Dumb, for some reason)!

Again, this music is available right now at most digital music retailers (streaming at AOL Spinner, too), and the comic book is available on the Space Ducks app and at, as well as, umm, comic book shops. If you do have one of those giant iPhones, the app is free over in ye olde iTunes Store. Oh, and if you’re fed up with non-physical music entirely, a vinyl and CD version (with bonus tracks!) is coming this summer. Hey, does anyone else here remember Bucky O’Hare?

Space Ducks: Soundtrack tracklistin’:

01. Daniel Johnston, “Space Ducks Theme Song”
02. Daniel Johnston, “American Dream”
03. Daniel Johnston, “Sense of Humor”
04. Eleanor Friedberger, “Come Down”
05. Fruit Bats, “Evil Magic”
06. Daniel Johnston, “Mean Girls Give Pleasure”
07. Lavender Diamond, “Moment of Laughter”
08. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Satanic Planet”
09. Daniel Johnston, “Wanting You”
10. Daniel Johnston, “Mask”
11. Daniel Johnston, “Mountain”
12. Deer Tick, “Space Ducks”

Spring/summer dates:

04.16.12 - Brighton, UK – St Bartholomew’s Church
04.18.12 - Madrid, Spain – La Casa Encendida
04.19.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
04.20.12 - Valencia, Spain – Loco Club
04.21.12 - Valladolid, Spain – Laboratorio De Las Artes
04.23.12 - Rome, Italy – Piper Club
04.24.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
04.26.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof
05.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.12.12 - Rochester, NH - Rochester Opera House
07.14.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

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Evan Caminiti (1/2 of Barn Owl) to release Night Dust on May 15. He’ll teach you how to fight vampires, too.

Remember a couple months back when I told you about Jon Porras’ solo LP? Let me tell you a bit about his partner-in-crime, Evan Caminiti. In addition to his work with Porras as Barn Owl, Caminiti has worked with Lisa McGee as Higuma and released three LPs under his own name — and on May 15 he’ll release another one on Immune Recordings called Night Dust, on limited LP and cassette. Immune tells me that, for this record, “Caminiti shifted the focus away from amplifier worship and the desert themes his work is often associated with to focus on texture, fractured dub techniques, and spacious electric guitar composition” and that “guitars moan like horns through empty city streets, vocal samples erode in devotional bliss, and webs of synthesizer float like mist.”

Not only is Night Dust Evan Caminiti’s Immune debut, but it could also be the title of a wild new vampire flick. After all, according to Immune, “smokey blue hues and washed out lights of some of the 80’s best vampire movies” inspired the album.

So, Night Dust, the movie, would be about a vampire who works as a street magician by day and preys only on people who have blue hair or blue eyes. He sends out an owl messenger to find out where the victims live, then he breaks into their houses at midnight and casts spells on them with enchanted dust. Only a blind banjo-player knows the truth, but no one bothers to listen to him. By the end of the movie, the vampire has destroyed the town! Coming to a theater near you May 15.

Night Dust tracklisting:

01. Near Dark

02. Returning Spirits

03. A Memory or a Mirage

04. Star Circle

05. The River

06. Red Sun Blues

07. Moon is the Hunter

08. Last Blue Moments

09. Slow Fade of Stars

10. First Light I

11. First Light II

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