Joe Boyd recruits Vashti Bunyan, Robyn Hitchcock, and lots of other awesome folks for Nick Drake compilation

Joe Boyd recruits Vashti Bunyan, Robyn Hitchcock, and lots of other awesome folks for Nick Drake compilation http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1302/news-13-02-nick-drake-joe-boyd.jpg

All star producer Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, worked on A Clockwork Orange soundtrack) has assembled a suitably all star situation for his long-dreamt-of Nick Drake tribute compilation. Out April 15 in the UK on Navigator Records, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake features such names as Vashti Bunyan, Teddy Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Krystle Warren, and Danny Thompson. It was recorded live in London and Melbourne.

In the years following Drake’s tragic death, Joe Boyd had wanted to put together a tribute album to the young man he had worked with so long ago. But he felt the only way to get this thing to really come together was to get all these amazing artists together at the same time for a week in a rural studio, where they’d back each other up and create an organic, cohesive album in the great indie rock tradition of the ol’ “I lived in my weird uncle’s cabin in the northwoods of Michigan for six months without any contact with the outside world except for this album I created and oh yeah now I can communicate by blinking with certain raccoons” album creation story, except way, way cooler. Alas, that apparently didn’t happen for whatever reason (I blame Bon Iver; I don’t know why, but I do) so instead, Boyd & Co. put on a series of concerts featuring the songs from Way to Blue on a couple different continents, and voila! Live recordings of an elite group of musicians working together in beautiful, soft, melancholy harmony. And no rabies.

Way to Blue tracklisting:

01. Luluc, “Things Behind the Sun”
02. Scott Matthews, “Place to Be”
03. Green Gartside, “Fruit Tree”
04. Shane Nicholson, “Poor Boy”
05. Krystle Warren, “Time Has Told Me”
06. Robyn Hitchcock, “Parasite”
07. Danny Thompson & Zoe Rahman, “One of These Things First”
08. Vashti Bunyan, “Which Will”
09. Lisa Hannigan, “Black-Eyed Dog”
10. Shane Nicholson, “Rider on the Wheel”
11. Teddy Thompson, “River Man”
12. Luluc & Lisa Hannigan, “Saturday Sun”
13. Scott Matthews, “When the Day Is Done”
14. Luluc, “Fly”
15. Teddy Thompson & Krystle Warren, “Pink Moon”

• Nick Drake: http://www.brytermusic.com
• Joe Boyd: http://www.joeboyd.co.uk
• Navigator: http://www.navigatorrecords.co.uk

Google looks to launch music streaming service, say various sources and unimpressive fortune tellers

Pandora can’t catch a break. In the company’s struggle to achieve long-term viability (despite its popularity among the general public), they could certainly do without competition from a powerful California-based multinational corporation known for offering free services and having cool interactive logos whenever a special day rolls around — Robert Moog’s birthday, for instance.

I could be talking about Apple, since rumors of them starting their own music streaming service arose last October, but then we’d all have to engage in some hearty laughter at the idea of them making a habit of offering things for free. No, as you’ve probably gleaned from the title of this article, the rumors this time surround Google. The Financial Times reports (reportedly, because you may have to purchase a subscription in order to view their article on the subject; ain’t nobody got time for that) that the search engine turned search-engine-and-technological-overlord has plans to enter the music streaming business.

Details are completely lacking, but the rumor itself and its presumable coming-to-fruition could’ve been predicted. Google, as the owners of YouTube, already have a stranglehold on the video streaming industry, and the company’s music side has evolved quite a bit, with Google Play, home to more than 13 million downloadable tracks, as well as your cloud music locker, really getting going over the last couple of years.

This news should rightfully concern the folks over at Pandora and Spotify, but as a regular ol’ music fan, I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing what develops.

• Google: https://www.google.com

RIP: Damon Harris of The Temptations

From The Baltimore Sun:

Baltimore native Otis “Damon” Harris, a one-time member of the legendary Motown act The Temptations, died on Monday after losing a 14-year-long battle to prostate cancer, according to family spokesman Chuck Woodson. Harris was 62.

Harris, a resident of Owings Mills, died at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Seton Hill. Woodson said he was in remission until three years ago. The cancer had “gotten pretty bad” by the end of last summer, Woodson said, leaving Harris in the hospital from November until last week, when he was transferred to the hospice.

• The Temptations: http://www.temptationssing.com

RIP: Justin Benoit, former member of Cold Cave

From Pitchfork:

Justin Benoit, a former member of Cold Cave, has died, as the band’s Wes Eisold notes.

Benoit, who was also an author and poet, toured in Cold Cave’s live band surrounding their debut LP, 2009’s Love Comes Close. He also played on the split tape with Prurient, Stars Explode, released via Hospital Productions.

Benoit’s writing was published through Eisold’s own Heartworm Press.

• Cold Cave: http://coldcave.net

Beat Delete helps validate your love for obscure Ninja Tune records by reissuing vinyl via crowdsourced interest

Did you arrive late to the Amon Tobin party, only to realize your new favorite artist’s seminal records are out of print on vinyl? FACT is reporting that Beat Delete, a new project backed by Ninja Tune Records, is looking to help you out of your very specific conundrum. Following the now-ubiquitous Kickstarter model, Ninja Tune is putting up select out-of-print records for the crowdsourcing treatment. If enough people pre-order the yet-to-be-reissued slab of vinyl in question, the label will repress the piece with the security of knowing the discs will already have new homes to call their own.

While the majority of albums available for pre-purchase are from the Ninja Tune catalog, like-minded labels such as Domino, Beggars Archive, and Big Dada have joined the fun with a handful of releases, allowing the small but dedicated fan bases for individual artists and records to dictate the reissue process instead of relying on the often unreliable whims of the unwashed masses. This process could also help shine some light on a label’s back catalog, which might contain some gems of which newer fans are unaware.

In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to predict what’s going to sell, let alone keep an ‘independent’ operation afloat financially, it’s definitely worth trying any model that might ensure income and increase overall awareness (with very little input or risk on the part of the participants). Look for more labels to join this bandwagon soon, or for the public to adopt the model all on their own, demanding via pre-order that records be reissues for their consumption. Power to the people!

• Beat Delete: http://www.beatdelete.com
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

Swans announce festival dates, continue mission to melt all faces

Michael Gira does not rest.

As Swans are currently globetrotting on the heels of a massive 2012 tour in support of an album we here at Tiny Mix Tapes really liked, The Seer (TMT Review) the band has announced a handful of summer festival dates.

They’ll be playing the middle day of Spain’s Primavera Sound festival before returning to the states for a gig at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, a stop in Pittsburgh, and a set on the second day of Bonnaroo. Given the fact that recent touring has seen Gira and company playing sets upward of two-and-a-half hours, it will be interesting to see how their performance changes to fit the truncated festival format.

Swans dates:

05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw (Northside Festival)
06.14.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
06.16.13 - Manchester,TN - Bonnaroo Festival

• Swans: http://www.swans.pair.com
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com