Flaming Lips to Release Reinterpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon… AND WE’VE GOT THE EXCLUSIVE TRACKLIST!

At their "secret" MySpace show last night (TMT News), The Flaming Lips revealed that they've already completed their follow-up to Embryonic (TMT Review): a complete reinterpretation of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Why am I not shocked? According to the LA Times blog, the Lips recorded the album with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs (TMT Review), a band that includes Coyne's nephew Dennis, and also invited Henry Rollins and Peaches to guest. Says Coyne:

I think our audience would forgive us for going out in the further regions of whatever we could think of. But I don’t think we’d be worthy of being forgiven if we didn’t do that. They’re giving us the freedom, the encouragement, the money and the time to say, ‘Go somewhere where no other band could go, and come back and tell us what it was like.’

The Flaming Lips' Dark Side of the Moon will likely be an iTunes-only release, according to the LA Times. (Sorry Winamp fans.) Here's the EXCLUSIVE tracklist:

1. Speak to Me
2. Breathe
3. On the Run
4. Time
5. The Great Gig in the Sky
6. Money
7. Us and Them
8. Any Colour You Like
9. Brain Damage
10. Eclipse

MOG Starts a Music Streaming Service, Starts Working With Universal, EMI, Sony, and Warner

In a world of nonexistent CD sales and unstoppable music pirating, the question on everyone's mind is "how do we make money off of music again?" Big record labels scrambled to think (all the while hiring lawyers to sue the pants off of citizens who accidentally downloaded six tracks from Kazaa in 2000), but entrepreneurial innovators took the opportunity to get innovative.

Thus arose a new trend in the media sphere. You can have music -- all of the music you could ever want -- streaming on the internet for a minuscule price per month. Spotify does it (but sadly, Americans can't get it), Pandora does it, Last.FM and Rhapsody do it, and now MOG does it. What is MOG you ask?

MOG (a shorter, snappier nickname for "Music Blog") is a music blog aggregate service (of which TMT is a part), filtering music blog content from the web and placing it on their main page. Not only that, but MOG has since formed an alliance with the "Big Four" music labels (EMI, Warner, Sony, and Universal) to create an "All Access" service where music fans can listen to an endless supply of streaming music for $5 a month on the web and $12-$15 via mobile device. Fans can even customize their own playlists on MOG, where, like Pandora, users can create playlists of "similar artists" and share them with fellow MOG users.

"Rhapsody costs too much and Pandora doesn't let you play any song you want at any time. We've taken the best parts of all of the existing services and left behind what didn't work," says Andy Phillips, MOG's Editor-in-Chief, when asked why users would prefer MOG to other web-based streaming services.

According to MOG CEO David Hyman, his service is a "revolutionary listening experience that will forever change how you discover music and truly redefines what radio is, and killer tools for discovery through other users of the service. And you get it all monthly for the price of a beer. We’re setting the music listening bar." Beer, eh? The man has a point.

MOG's music service is currently in beta-testing, but will be available for mass-usage come Thanksgiving 2009.

Public Enemy Look for Album Funding; Good Investment If They Make Another It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Bad Investment if Flavor Flav Has too Much to Do with It

The minstrel show better known as Flavor Flav clearly hasn’t cashed in enough on those VH1 royalties to fund a new Public Enemy album. Or maybe there’s just a political angle to the group’s latest move.

A couple years removed from their last full-length album, with its masturbatory title How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?, Public Enemy has teamed up with Amsterdam-based SellaBand to solicit fans and investors for album funding. The NME reports that the seminal rap group is looking to raise $250,000 in $25 increments, with contributing fans receiving a pro ratio share of 33.3% of all net revenues from album sales. To date, they've raised over $37,000 (or 14%) of their monetary goal.

On the Public Enemy web site, Chuck D says “SellaBand's financial engine model goes about restructuring the music business in reverse. It starts with fans first, then the artists create from there. The music business is built on searching for fans and this is a brand new way for acts to create a new album with fans first, already on board.”

At this point there’s no further information about the upcoming album.

El Perro Del Mar Tours with Peter Bjorn and John, Refutes Claims That Love Is in Fact Pop

Fall is here, and with it comes -- for those of us in North America -- our annual shipment of Scandinavian indie pop singers. Perhaps this assertion cannot be scientifically qualified, although once I do remember writing a story about Lykke Li coming to the States on tour during the cold months or something. Now El Perro Del Mar will join these elite ranks, and, as luck would have it, Peter Bjorn & John are ALSO embarking on an autumnal U.S. tour. So many Swedes!

Okay, so maybe they’re going on tour together and I can’t really use them as two different examples, but frankly I don’t think that one little comment can ruin the integrity of this story. This story has as much integrity as Glenn Beck.

By the way, the Swedish songstress behind El Perro Del Mar has a new album called Love Is Not Pop coming out October 20 in the United States. It’s been around for awhile in Europe, and can also be ordered via The Control Group website before the official release date.

Speaking of dates:
10.20.09 - New York, NY - Other Music (in-store)
11.07.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (2 shows)
11.08.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts *
11.09.09 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub
11.10.09 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
11.11.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre *
11.12.09 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
11.13.09 - St. Louis, MO - Gargoyle Club *
11.14.09 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
11.15.09 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
11.17.09 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theater *
11.18.09 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
11.19.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
11.20.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
11.21.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
11.23.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café

* Peter Bjorn & John

Atlas Sound Announces Logos Bonus Disc

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Way back in the summer of 2008, a little record called Deerhunter’s Microcastle (aka TMT’s 2008 album of the year, in case you forgot) leaked months before its October release. As a response to the leak, the band put together a bonus disc called Weird Era Cont. Of course, old Weird Era Cont. ended up leaking too, but it was still pretty great.

Now, history is repeating itself. Sort of. Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox’s solo project, Atlas Sound, is putting out a new record called Logos next Tuesday, October 20 via Kranky (4AD in the UK). Unsurpisingly, since this is the internet in 2009, Logos leaked some time ago. Although Cox hasn’t cooked up anything quite as seemingly grand as Weird Era Cont., the man has put together a limited-edition bonus disc containing alternate versions of Logos tracks, along with three unreleased songs. Said disc can be received by purchasing Logos through the Rough Trade store.

Logos bonus disc tracklist:

1. Ruben (Traditional)
2. Criminals (Electronic Version)
3. Kid Klimax (Acoustic Version)
4. Reminder (Previously Unreleased)
5. I Know I Will Escape (Previously Unreleased)
6. Nightwork (Previously Unreleased)

Brian Wilson Plans to Finish George Gershwin’s Incomplete Compositions

Well, this piece of news doesn't get more American than baseball, hot dogs, and indecent health care (but we promise not to go there). According to recent developments, Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson is getting the green light to start reworking the incomplete compositions of 20th-century music legend George Gershwin.

Gershwin, who was born in Brooklyn and died in 1937, was one of the American music greats, penning such universally recognizable tunes as "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Irving Berlin" with his brother Ira. Wilson will reportedly receive access to the full Gershwin collection, which is currently controlled by Todd Gershwin, George's great-nephew.

After reinterpreting Gershwin's compositions, Wilson will place the results in an album to be released via the Walt Disney Records imprint Disney Pearl. Wilson has praised Gershwin's work, saying "He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equaled, yet his music is timeless and always accessible. This is the most spiritual project I've ever worked on."

Todd Gershwin also sounds mightily pleased with Wilson's project. But really, who wouldn't be? "The Gershwin families are delighted that the legendary musician Brian Wilson has chosen to record a collection of George and Ira Gershwin songs for his next project. In every generation, American music has been pushed forward by visionaries, from the Gershwin brothers to Brian Wilson. This latest interpretation will be a new opportunity to discover the magic of Gershwin music," commented Todd. No word yet as to the album's release date.

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