Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is making a dance record with a Black Eyed Peas producer

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is making a dance record with a Black Eyed Peas producer

If anything, Megaupload mastermind and possessor of the best/worst legal name change in recent history Kim Dotcom has taught us all the importance of believing in your dreams. Not only did he make the dreams of people who longed to wallow in a frenzied orgy of illegal music and film file-hosting come true, but now he’s also making his OWN musical dreams come true. Plus probably the dreams of every single writer over at Gawker.

See, Dotcom has been a busy fella. He’s got a new site launching in January called Baboom, described to Wired as an “iTunes-Spotify hybrid competitor,” where artists can sell directly to fans. He’s working on a cloud storage site called Mega. Plus he’s battling the US government’s charges of running an “international organised criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide piracy.” Naturally he’s also starting a new political party in his native New Zealand and… and… wait for it… recording an album with Black Eyed Peas producer Printz Board, who has allegedly been in New Zealand for six months working on this thing. WHAT.

Dotcom told Wired, “It’s called Good Times and it’s electronic dance music — not techno. It’s basically like what the Black Eyed Peas do. It’s poppy dance music that you would listen to in the clubs.” Recent Cher collaborator/producer JD Walker is also giving his time to this thing. Kim Dotcom’s artist page will be the featured page on Baboom to introduce users to the site once it launches. Let’s just stop the production of all other music now, because really, what other album/music news topic story can the world ever need?

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Burial plans new Hyperdub EP release for December 16, just like last year, because time is circular and everything that has happened will continue to happen for all of time

Burial, everyone’s favorite guy with the kind of mysterious identity, just announced another EP, planned for release on December 16. Or at least that’s what Consequence of Sound says. Or rather, that’s what Alex Young the CEO and publisher of Consequence of Sound says in a news post that he typed up and posted on Consequence of Sound because he is a human with an identity, unlike Burial, who, for all we know, could just be a weird computer glitch on the AOL mainframe or something. I mean what do we really know about Burial? He’s maybe a fellah from London, I guess? So he probably lives in a flat and eats chips and uses a torch to find the quid that he dropped down the lift shaft, right? We also know he’s definitely (probably) not Four Tet, but that he has collaborated with Four Tet. He also put out another EP, Truant/Rough Sleeper, last year right around this time, so I guess we also know that he’s pretty good with calendars and keeping a schedule.

There’s also, of course, the fact that he’s got a new EP coming out on December 16 (because NPR told Alex Young and then Alex Young told us! thanks, you guys!), but the info is a little scant even there. I guess the EP is supposed to be 28 minutes long, and it’ll have three tracks, and it’ll be on Hyperdub, and… that’s it. We don’t even know the title yet. Alex Young, on the other hand? We know loads about that guy. Did you know some of his favorite musicians are Kanye West, The White Stripes, and Bruce Springsteen? He also went to Fordham University, and now he lives in Chicago! What else? Oh, he founded Consequence of Sound in 2007, and he sometimes wears striped shirts and smiles! What a guy.

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PAN preps end-of-year releases from Jar Moff and NHK’Koyxen, rubs it in your face

Short of offering a nauseating definition of the culinary “pan” straight out of Webster’s (which would be equally irrelevant), it’s worth considering the prefix as it relates to the label’s diversified catalog. In a recent feature hosted by an exciting new website, PAN founder Bill Kouligas offered some insight into the context by which music earns his formal support: “Well, as you know, there are so many things going on with PAN. There is always a starting point, but I like all of this music so much, and the reason it all fits in my head is because I can find a common ground with it.” An artistic depiction, thus, might have a two-button remote control wired to Kouligas’s skull, and only artists with the proper “stuff” will be authorized to press the OPEN button and crawl inside. I’m imagining an opening mechanism similar to that of Darth Vader’s meditation chamber.

The connection, though personally bordering on indescribable, exists, and it perpetuates through the final two releases of the year for the label, both of which are due out December 15: Financial Glam from fellow (in relation to Kouligas) Greek and long-time acquaintance Jar Moff, who released the wonderfully intricate Commercial Mouth earlier this year (followed by a Guest Mix on that new website); and Dance Classics Vol. III from NHK’Koyxen a.k.a. Kouhei Matsunaga, the earlier installments of which certainly allude to a paradox: can a tune be a “classic” if the year most fitting to its playback is 2047?

Both releases were mastered and cut by Rashad Becker (who himself had a release on PAN back in July) at Dubplates & Mastering, and both records feature artwork from Kouligas and Kathryn Politis, the latter of whom has contributed to PAN’s visual trademark since its inception. Obviously, tab-keeping is recommended for the foreseeable future.

Jar Moff — Financial Glam tracklisting:

01. Financial Glam
02. Kresentosiagona

NHK’Koyxen — Dance Classics Vol. III tracklisting:

01. 629
02. 501
03. 341
04. 768
05. 675
06. 811
07. 766
08. 762

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RIP: Junior Murvin, reggae singer best known for “Police and Thieves”

From The Independent:

Junior Murvin, the Jamaican singer whose hit “Police and Thieves” became one of the most distinctive songs in reggae music and an anthem in the British inner cities of the late Seventies, has died.

“Police and Thieves” was recorded in 1976 to reflect turf war and police violence in Jamaica but became closely associated with London’s Notting Hill Carnival, which ended in rioting that year. The song introduced many punk rockers to reggae and was covered by The Clash for their debut album in 1977.

“Police and Thieves” was the title track of a popular Junior Murvin album released by Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, also in 1977. The song was eventually a British chart hit for the Jamaican singer in 1980 and has been a staple of sound systems at Notting Hill Carnival for nearly four decades.

The falsetto singer, who was born Murvin Smith Junior, began his career under the name of Junior Soul and recorded over a period of more than 30 years. But he never managed to emulate the success of his greatest hit, which was produced by the eccentric Lee “Scratch” Perry. He died peacefully at his home in Port Antonio, Jamaica, on Monday. He was 64.

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Bruce Springsteen announces new album High Hopes, then dashes a few of those hopes by featuring Tom Morello on eight tracks

Yeah, oh well, huh?

It seems the Boss is comin’ ‘round the mountain again, following 2012’s non-terrible Wrecking Ball (TMT Review). It’s basically a less-than-new-but-kinda-sorta album of rarities called High Hopes, which Bruce himself describes in the record’s liner notes as a bit of a hodge-podge of “some of [the E Street Band’s] best unreleased material from the past decade.”

So yeah, speaking of wrecking balls, the album apparently features SEVERAL collaborations with Tom Morello. You know, from Rage Against the Machine? On the plus side, Morello is mostly on guitar (for reference, you can hear him ripping away on the title track “High Hopes” embedded down below, which was written by Tim Scott McConnell of The Havalinas and was originally released on the kinda random Blood Brothers EP back in the sunny 90s), except on a… (shudder)… remake of the song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from 1995, on which he adds some of his golden voice to the proceedings.

Also on the plus side, though, Clarence Clemons also appears on several tracks! High hopes, indeed! Either way, the whole affair gets cranked out on January 14 via Columbia Records, whom I’m sure is just praying to God that the thing manages keeps their business afloat for another couple of months. Again: High hopes!

High Hopes tracklisting:

01. High Hopes [ft. Tom Morello]
02. Harry’s Place [ft. Tom Morello]
03. American Skin (41 Shots) [ft. Tom Morello]
04. Just Like Fire Would [ft. Tom Morello]
05. Down in the Hole
06. Heaven’s Wall [ft. Tom Morello]
07. Frankie Fell in Love
08. This Is Your Sword
09. Hunter of Invisible Game [ft. Tom Morello]
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad [ft. Tom Morello]
11. The Wall
12. Dream Baby Dream [ft. Tom Morello]

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Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and FaltyDL announce Yellow Year tour, promoting a new Simpsons syndication deal

Watch out, world, The Simpsons are coming to cable! I’ll leave the details to other news outlets, but with a new syndication deal, 2014 is going to be a monumental year for America’s favorite family. To celebrate this television event, Prefuse 73 is taking his good friends Nosaj Thing and Falty DL on tour in tribute to what is sure to be a “Yellow Year.” Everything’s coming up Prefuse! The FaltyDL has disbanded! Dental plan! Nosaj Thing! Dental plan! Nosaj Thing! And so on.

In premonition of the upcoming Simpsons deal — or what may well be a coincidence — Prefuse 73 founded a new label called Yellow Year earlier this year with photographer Angel Ceballos. The label recently put out their first release, an EP by Prefuse and Teebs collaborative duo Sons of the Morning (TMT Review). That release is the first in a 12-part EP series called Speak Soon, but I’m sure you know all about that. Anyway, the point I’m getting at is, the man you knew as E. Nagurney is dead. Say hello to Miguel Sanchez.

Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and Falty DL dates:

01.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - 1015
01.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
01.25.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene
01.29.14 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
01.30.14 - New York, NY - Output
01.31.14 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton
02.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Concord

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