Kanye West and Jay-Z album Watch the Throne “coming in one week”

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Kanye West has said some pretty stupid shit in the past, but his most recent will excite all of you still pretending that you love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (Whoa, JUST KIDDING. It made #10 on our 2010 year-end list.) At a New Year’s Eve after-party hosted by Jay-Z in Las Vegas, West announced that Watch the Throne, his collaboration with Jigga That Nigga, is “coming in one week.”

It’s unclear whether West is referring to the completion of the recording process or if the actual album will be released within the week (can we really trust what he says in between his “douchebag”/”asshole” toasting?), but you can check out the high-quality video below and decide for yourself (via Nah Right):

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In either case, we do know that Watch The Throne is due via Def Jam sometime this year. Hope you’re all ready for some “couture hip-hop.”

• Kanye West: http://kanyewest.com
• Jay-Z: http://www.jay-z.com

Talib Kweli to release new album Gutter Rainbows on his own imprint

It has been one prolific year for Talib Kweli. Dude has already seen the release of one album earlier this spring as half of Reflection Eternal with producer Hi-Tek, and now he’s gearing up for the January 25 release of his next solo album, Gutter Rainbows. The new album will be the first-ever release from Kweli’s Talibra imprint, which is pretty rad. Hear the lead-off track, “After the Rain,” produced by 88-Keys, over here.

In other news, Talib Kweli is the most interesting man in the world. (Sorry Dos Equis guy.) Did you know he studied experimental theatre at NYU and is a spokesman/mentor for an after-school music program? I just got that from Wikipedia, America’s premiere information source. Next week his entry could say he’s collaborating with Justin Bieber on an album of showtunes and training ferrets to ride motorized boats. Then again, WHO’S TO SAY HE’S NOT????

Gutter Rainbows tracklist:

01. After the Rain (prod. 88-Keys)
02. Gutter Rainbows (prod. M-Phazes)
03. So Low (prod. Shuko)
04. Palookas feat. Sean Price (prod. Marco Polo)
05. Mr. International feat. Nigel Hall (prod. S1)
06. I’m on One (prod. KHRYSIS!)
07. Wait for You feat. Kendra Ross (prod. S1)
08. Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight (prod. 6th sense)
09. Cold Rain (prod. Ski Beatz)
10. Friends & Family (prod. E. Jones)
11. Tater Tot (prod. Nick Speed)
12. How You Love Me feat. Blaq Toven (prod. Blaq Toven)
13. Uh Oh feat. Jean Grae (prod. Oh No)
14. Self Savior feat. Chace Infinite (prod. Maurice Brown)

• Talib Kweli: http://www.myspace.com/talibkweli

RIP: Mick Karn, bassist for Japan

From NME:

Japan bassist Mick Karn has died aged 52.

Karn, who revealed in June 2010 that he had been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, passed away at his Chelsea home today (January 4), according to a statement on Mickkarn.net.

The statement added that Karn “was surrounded by his family and friends” at the time of his death, and that he “will be deeply missed by all”.

• Mick Karn: http://www.mickkarn.net
• Mick Karn (MySpace): http://www.myspace.com/mickkarn

Portishead and Arcade Fire unite for co-headlining juggernaut tour, vow to crush all lesser tours with their mighty hand

Planning on doing some touring in 2011? Better do it now, because when The Arcade Fire and Portishead come through on their co-headlining tour, they’re pretty much going to crush all other tours. And I don’t even mean that they’re just going to overshadow other tours — I mean that they’re literally going to kill other touring acts. “I will feast on your blood,” said Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. Portishead member Geoff Barrow was only slightly less threatening, mentioning the proposed tour on his Twitter in a gruff tone. No word yet on the whole tour itinerary, but the two bands are sharing some European festival dates in the summer. So… Europe? In the summer? That’s my guess.

• Portishead: http://www.portishead.co.uk
• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com

RIP: Gerry Rafferty

From The Guardian:

The singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose songs such as Stuck in the Middle with You, Baker Street and Get it Right Next Time soundtracked the 1970s, has died aged 63 after a long illness.

His family said he died at home peacefully with his daughter Martha this morning.

The Scot was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, played with Billy Connolly’s folk outfit the Humblebums, and co-founded the soft-rock group Stealer’s Wheel, before enjoying a successful solo career. Baker Street, released in 1978, was still netting him £80,000 a year more than 30 years later.

• Gerry Rafferty: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Rafferty

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Toro Y Moi announces new tourdates, vows to keep chillwave alive for 2011

Remember chillwave? Your favorite genre of the past six-eight months or so? Hopefully you’re still digging it, because it appears that the chillwavers aren’t ready to hang up their surfboards just yet. Toro Y Moi (a.k.a. Chaz Bundick) is making sure people don’t forget his name and the fact that he’s got the follow-up to Causers of This (TMT Review) all ready to go (Underneath the Pine, due February 22 from Carpark Records) by announcing a lengthy spring tour. Keep hanging 10, bros.

01.19.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
03.11.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
03.12.11 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
03.13.11 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar
03.14.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
03.15.11 - McAllen, TX - M.P.M. Fest @ Ambiente
03.16-18.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
03.21.11 - Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn
03.22.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
03.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
03.24.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.25.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
03.26.11 - Kennewick, WA - The Red Room
03.27.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
03.28.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
03.30.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03.31.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04.01.11 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
04.02.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
04.03.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
04.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.06.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
04.07.11 - Toronto, ONT - Wrongbar
04.08.11 - Montreal, PQ - La Sala Rossa
04.09.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
04.12.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.13.11 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head
04.14.11 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
04.15.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506

Underneath the Pine tracklisting:

01. Intro/Chi Chi
02. New Beat
03. Go with You
04. Divina
05. Before I’m Done
06. Got Blinded
07. How I Know
08. Light Black
09. Still Sound
10. Good Hold
11. Elise

• Toro Y Moi: http://toroymoi.blogspot.com
• Carpark: http://www.carparkrecords.com