Google launches Google Music Beta without those pesky label licenses while Steve Jobs chuckles by the fire in his Louis XIV hooded chair

Google launches Google Music Beta without those pesky label licenses while Steve Jobs chuckles by the fire in his Louis XIV hooded chair

Today’s weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of lawsuits. According to our TMT farm teams at Rolling Stone and Billboard, Google is rolling out their own cloud-based music service. Much like the Amazon cloud service that Mr P just totally made up off the top of his head as an early April Fool’s joke, Google Music is real. Terrifyingly real. Okay, almost none of that is true. But look! Paragraph two, here I come!

Google Music seems to offer a few significant upgrades to that clunky old Amazon Cloud Drive jalopy. For starters, it’s free while in Beta and comes with roughly 20,000 songs worth of storage space (in contrast to Amazon’s 1,000 songs-worth). It also seems to work a little better with all of the stupid, non-recyclable shit that a lot of us already own. A special Music Manager tool, available for both Windows and Mac, lets users add songs directly to Music Beta simply by clicking on a certain folder (like the iTunes Music folder), after which all of your songs, playlists, ratings, diary pages, and social security information are added to Music Beta. After the 800 hours it will take to upload your whole library to the ether, you can then stream all of your taste-making, list-topping music to any Google-linked device with internet access.

So what are the cons? Well, let’s see: unlike Amazon’s thing, you can’t actually purchase music with Google Music. You can only grab stuff you’ve already got. Also, it needs flash to work at the moment, so it’s a no-go for iPhones and iPads. Aaaand since its Beta, it’s invite-only right now, which I suppose is frustrating, although I’m pretty sure everyone knows someone who works for that company in some capacity. Oh yeah, and there’s also that pesky little problem of Google, much like Amazon, not actually, technically, completely, per se getting, you know, permission from the labels to go ahead with this service. But in his keynote presentation earlier today, Google’s Paul Joyce stated that he talked to some of the label’s girlfriends when he ran into them at the gym the other week and he’s “like, pretty sure” that it’s “all gravy.” God, I miss Lala.

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Boris, quickly becoming the most prolific band of all time, announce European summer tour

This summer, Japanese experimental metal gods Boris will be allying with new Sargent House labelmates Russian Circles for a tour of drone, destruction, and Europe Europe Europe!!!! 2011 looks to be a hectic year for Boris, and the upcoming tour looks like it’ll be nothing to sniff at either. LA-based Sargent House is slated to release Boris’ 16th album Heavy Rocks AND their 17th album Attention Please, both on May 24 (the release dates for both albums were pushed back from a previously planned April date). The group’s 15th album, simply known as New Album, was released on CD via Tearbridge, and on LP via Daymare. This album is not expected to be released outside of Japan.

Lest you think they’re getting soft, allow me to inform you that Boris also released another album in Japan earlier this year with Merzbow. It’s called Klatter and it’s the sixth collabo between Boris and Merzbow. Originally slated for release on Troubleman Unlimited back in 2007 (which didn’t happen, for mysterious — or just plain not available on Wikipedia — reasons), the album is limited to a single pressing of 1,000 copies.


06.17.11 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 Popcentrum
06.18.11 - Brugge, Belgium - Entrepot
06.19.11 - London, UK - ULU
06.20.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
06.21.11 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
06.22.11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
06.24.11 - Madrid, Spain - Caracol
06.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo 2
06.30.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
07.01.11 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
07.02.11 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
07.07.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Vienna
07.08.11 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
07.09.11 - Prague, Czech - Matrix Klub
07.10.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
07.11.11 - Hamburg, Germany - HafenKlang
07.13.11 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
07.14.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - The Strand
07.16.11 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW
07.17.11 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival

• Boris:
• Sargent House:

Lil Wayne announces many opportunities for you to spend a calm, relaxing evening with him

Are you looking for a little peace and calm this summer? Ready to just sit back and relax with a good book? Instead of doing something mundane like reading, you could be relaxing with Lil Wayne’s newly announced summer tourdates. It’s true, Lil Wayne’s tourdates will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated — like you can take on anything.

So what if every venue he’s playing is named after a corporate giant (Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, you name it) and if you attend, you will most likely have crowds of thousands that you’ll have to navigate through. Lil Wayne’s tourdates are there for you, when you need them the most. Lil Wayne’s newest album, Tha Carter IV, is also there for you as of June 21 via Young Money Records.

Peace and serenity:

06.05.11 - East Rutherford, NJ - Summer Jam 2011
06.09.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
07.13.11 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
07.15.11 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live Amp.
07.16.11 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
07.17.11 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
07.19.11 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
07.20.11 - Saratoga, NY - Performing Arts Center
07.22.11 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
07.23.11 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
07.24.11 - Darien, NY - Darien Lake
07.26.11 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Pavilion
07.27.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Amp.
07.29.11 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek
07.30.11 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Amp.
08.02.11 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amp.
08.03.11 - Tampa, FL - 1-800 Ask Gary Amp.
08.05.11 - Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center
08.06.11 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s At Lakewood
08.07.11 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amp.
08.09.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Center
08.10.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
08.12.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
08.13.11 - Tinley, IL - Midwest Amp.
08.14.11 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Amp.
08.16.11 - Ottawa, ON - Scotia Bank Place
08.17.11 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
08.19.11 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amp.
08.20.11 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Theater
08.21.11 - Maryland, Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amp.
08.23.11 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
08.25.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture Pavilion
08.26.11 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless
08.27.11 - San Bernardino, CA - Glen Helen Pavilion
08.30.11 - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental
08.31.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Pavilion
09.02.11 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amp.
09.03.11 - Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amp.
09.04.11 - Auburn, WA - White River Amp.
09.07.11 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Arena
09.09.11 - San Antonio, TX - ATT Center
09.10.11 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
09.11.11 - Woodlands, TX - Woodlands Amphitheater

• Lil Wayne:
• Young Money:

Björk debuts Biophilia website, ushering in Web 3.0

Four long years have passed since the release of Volta (TMT Review), and it’s felt like the world has changed in a thousand ways since then. For example, back in 2007, the idea that Björk was collaborating with “Freaky Freaky” Timbaland felt like a daring blend of styles, whereas if we heard the same news today it would sound like just another horseman of the apocalypse. This accelerated evolution of taste and acceptability intermingled with layer after layer of world-weariness and cynicism informs so many aspects of our lives today that it seems like nothing is as it once was. How important, then, that Björk continues to live in her edgeless rotating gel-sphere of a home deep within a lush Icelandic grotto that can only be seen during a full moon, because from there she can see the unfiltered world as it is, was, and shall be. Luckily for us, Ms. Guðmundsdóttir is embarking on a large-scale exploration of the natural world called Biophilia, and submitting the results to everyone’s favorite source of world-weariness and cynicism: the internet!

Björk gave a little taste of the Biophilia project back in December of last year when she contributed a song to the iPad app “Solar System”, which allows iPadders to examine 3D models of planets and wonder about their majesty. Now, with the official launch of the Biophilia website, visitors can see that Björk has created a solar system of her very own, which will surely be filled up soon with all sorts of streaming constellations and whooshing sounds but at the moment is somewhat sparse. All you can do right now is wiggle stars around and hold the ‘down’ key until you realize how small Björk is in the grand scheme of things. In an audio message on the site, Björk explains that the aesthetic of the project is about “sympathizing with sound, how sound moves and the physics of sound, and how notes in a room behave, how they bounce off walls and between objects. It’s kind of more similar to how planets and microscopic things work.”

The next part of the project will be the debut of the Biophilia live show in Manchester, starting on June 30 and continuing over the course of five more shows at the same venue — probably to give the roadies some time to recover after assembling “a bespoke digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns — creating a unique bridge between the ancient and the modern; a bespoke gamelan-celeste hybrid; and a one-off extraordinary pin barrel harp.” Really though, they couldn’t include a sustainable ecosystem inside that pipe organ?

So there you have it. Biophilia: can ya pheel it?™ This isn’t the official tagline for the project, but with enough grassroots support it could be. Get to work.

Biophilia live dates:

06.30.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.03.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.07.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.13.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.16.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall

• Björk:

RIP: Cornell Dupree, guitarist who played with Miles Davis, James Brown, Bill Withers

From Variety:

Guitarist Cornell Dupree, one of the most prolific and talented session players in R&B and jazz, died May 8 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dupree was 69 and had recently been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Known as “Mr. 2500” (for the number of recording sessions on which he reputedly played) and “Uncle Funky,” Dupree established himself as a studio star at Atlantic Records in the ’60s. Over the years he cut freelance dates with Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, James Brown and Jimmy Smith, to name just a handful of his most notable employers.

• Cornell Dupree:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tour every country on earth, as long as the country is cute

Indie pop darlings The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are feeling fresh from the success of their sophomore album Belong (TMT Review), which was released at the end of March to critical acclaim. Now, to rep said album, the New York-based band is packing its bags, getting makeovers, and going on an all-expenses-paid trip to sunny Europe! And Turkey! And Japan! Plus Canada and the USA! So… why am I not in this band, tagging along on what’s sure to be THE MUSICAL ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME??? Seriously. There are five people in this band. Who’d notice one more?

In a heartwarming twist, this 2009 buzz band is taking current buzz band Craft Spells with them on the North American portion of the tour to serve as an opening act/confidant/person to take the photograph in front of that giant space needle-lookin’ thing in Toronto. Craft Spells recently released their debut album Idle Labor on Captured Tracks.


06.01.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
06.04.11 - Istanbul, Turkey - To The City Festival
06.07.11 - Cambridge, UK - Junction 2
06.08.11 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
06.09.11 - Bristol, UK - The Trinity
06.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
06.11.11 - Glasgow, UK - Arches
06.13.11 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
06.14.11 - Birmingham, UK - Academy HMV Institute
06.16.11 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’or
06.18.11 - Madrid, Spain - Dia de la Musica Festival
06.19.11 - Majorca, Spain - Palou Dels Camtes D’aiamans
06.20.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
06.22.11 - Bordeaux, France - BT59
06.23.11 - Limoges, France - La Fourmi
06.24.11 - Lyons, France - Sonic
06.26.11 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi Festival
06.29.11 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
06.30.11 - Vienna, Austria - Fluc
07.02.11 - Vigo, Spain - Transforma Festival
07.04.11 - Dresden, Germany - Groeve Station
07.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - KL. Posthahnhof
07.07.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
07.09.11 - Koln, Germany - Luxor
07.11.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Trouw
07.13.11 - Bremen, Germany - Lagerhaus
07.15.11 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
07.29.11 - Niigata Prefecture, Japan - Fuji Rock
07.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08.02.11 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House #
08.03.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom #
08.04.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House #
08.05.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway #
08.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.09.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s
08.09-13.11 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
09.12-14.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

# Craft Spells

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Slumberland: