Oren Ambarchi probably has a new record called Sagittarian Domain, knowing that guy

Oren Ambarchi probably has a new record called Sagittarian Domain, knowing that guy http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/283orenambarchi.jpg

Why does Oren Ambarchi always look so smug? Look at him. What secret does he know? What’s up his sleeve? Probably safe to say it’s a new record. Smug prolific bastard. This year, he’s already released a solo album (Audience of One) on Touch, a live trio recording with Stephen O’Malley and Keiji Haino, and yet another with Haino and Jim O’Rourke — not to mention collaborations with Fire! and Thomas Brinkmann.

What now Ambarchi? A new LP on Editions Mego? Huh? Something called Sagittarian Domain, due August 28? Yeah, that would be just like you. I have you totally figured out. I bet you were bored one day, feeling less prolific than usual, and recorded this damn record in a single session in Melbourne. I bet you played an array of instruments, like guitars, Moog bass, drums, percussion, and vocals, with strings arranged by James Rushford and performed by you (viola), Elizabeth Welsh (violin), and Judith Hamann (cello). Knowing you, it’s likely one 33-minute piece, which was featured in Benedict Andrews’ production of “Every Breath” at the Belvoir St. Theater in Sydney this year. So Ambarchi.

Wipe that grin off your face.

• Oren Ambarchi: http://www.orenambarchi.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Treasure Island Music Fest 2012 brings Public Enemy, Grimes, M83, The xx, and Girl Talk together

Doubloon-hoardin’ California-based music fans can rest easy; San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival is back, with more great acts and absolutely no marauding sea dogs. That’s privateers to you, landlubbers. Buccaneers. Scourge of the ocean, Blackbeards, what-have-you. Synonyms for pirates are not important. What is, is the lineup for the two-day festival, which takes place on an actual island called — you guessed it — Treasure Island. The festival, put on by the good people at Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, features the Bay Area’s finest cuisine, a nicely organized all dance/electronica Saturday and an all indie rock Sunday, and crucially, no overlapping sets. So you can take in the sounds of The xx (in their only American festival appearance of 2012) without having to worry about missing The Gossip’s first local stop in three years.

What other musical gems have been assembled in Treasure Island’s veritable chest of delights? Well, there’s the inimitable Girl Talk, who’s the first artist ever to return for a repeat performance at the eclectic fest. There’s Public Enemy, Grimes, The Presets, M83, Porter Robinson, Divine Fits (a new project from Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, in their San Francisco debut), Best Coast, SBTRKT, Los Campesinos!, Toro y Moi, Ty Segall, Tycho, The Coup, Dirty Ghosts, K.Flay, Imperial Teen, Youth Lagoon, Matthew Dear, Araabmuzik, The War on Drugs, Hospitality, and The Neighborhood. And naturally, there will probably be a few surprises along the way.

Peep the Treasure Island Fest website for more info on pricing and hot deals.

• Treasure Island Music Festival: http://www.treasureislandfestival.com/2012
• Treasure Island Resort & Casino: http://www.treasureislandcasino.com

Drag City to release new and old albums on cassette. Will CDs ever be this cool? And does anyone else feel like drinking vodka?

My car’s left brake light burns out all the time. I can’t open the driver’s side door from the inside. Its gas mileage sucks, and sometimes the steering wheel locks up.

But you know what? My car has a cassette player. And you know what else? Drag City’s releasing cassettes. Lots of cassettes. Gems from this year, including Ty Segall and White Fence’s Hair, Blues Control’s Valley Tangents (TMT Review), and Silver Jews’ Early Times, plus a basket of classics like Royal Trux’s Cats & Dogs, Smog’s Burning Kingdom, Gastr del Sol’s Crookt, Crackt, or Fly [editor’s note: !!!!!], and Mayo Thompson’s Corky’s Debt To His Father.

Browse the Drag City shop to see if you can find one of your favorites.

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Megaupload’s Megabox store is coming, and “it will unchain you”

We reported about the takedown of the popular file-sharing site Megaupload back in January when the site’s owner Kim Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand over charges of copyright infringement. Back then, it was rumored that Dotcom had been planning to launch a music store, now called Megabox, to rival the major record labels. Instead of working through labels, artists would be able to sell their music directly to the public and keep up to 99% of the proceeds. Additionally, artists whose music would get downloaded for free by users of the service would also be compensated. Dotcom has publicly stated that “[We] will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works.” MegaKey makes money by trading advertising space on third-party sites for Megabox’s own ad space.

Fast forward to now: Dotcom, who is still under house arrest, has been using his Twitter feed to stir the shit with his corporate rivals, tweeting that “the major labels thought Megabox was dead. Artists rejoice. It is coming, and it will unchain you.” The only official evidence that the service has been put into production is an uploaded photo Dotcom posted to his Twitter account. In addition to the music store previously hinted at, the site also features a music player, an Android app, and ‘unlimited’ storage space for your music.

No details have been unveiled as to when the service will be unleashed, how the pay structure will work, or how the site will attract artists willing to leave their labels in order to sell independently with the assistance of Megabox. But when the time comes, it’ll all work out. Dotcom’s not worried, so why should we be?

Ghostly International launches subscription service for the 2%

Subscription services: it’s the summer sensation that’s sweeping the nation! We recently reported that Domino Records has paired up with drip.fm to launch a subscription service wherein fans of the label are regularly dosed out a slow stream of Domino goodness (just enough to keep them coming back for more), and now Ghostly International is getting on that very same bandwagon. For $15 a month, users will get every new album the label releases sent straight into their electronic mailboxes, including exclusive tracks, live sessions, a 15% discount when partaking in bourgeois tangible purchases, and certain parts of the label’s back catalog that will be periodically unlocked. It’s like a Zynga game for music nerds!

In truth, the service will probably only entice the hardcore fans of Ghostly’s roster of labels: the Golden Pandas, the Matthew Dears, the Solvent-heads, and the Tycho-natics. But they’re out there, and I bet they have $15 to spare.

• Ghostly International: http://ghostly.com
• Ghostly Music Service: https://drip.fm/ghostly

FYF Fest 2012: Lightning Bolt, M83, James Blake, Liars, John Maus, and many more determined by me

FYF Fest (or, as I like to call it, the Festival of a Thousand Inhalants — trademark pending) has just announced the lineup for its 2012 edition. And by “just,” I mean on June 18, but I figure the stoner demographic is working on a delayed schedule anyway. And by “working,” I mean getting high and eating In-N-Out Burger.

This year, the festival expands to two days and will take place Labor Day weekend (September 1 and 2) at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Artists of note, whose noteworthiness is decided entirely by me, include: M83, Lightning Bolt, James Blake, Refused, Dinosaur Jr., Liars, Beirut, Aesop Rock, Black Dice, The Field, Wild Nothing, John Maus, Sleigh Bells, and Paul Banks of Interpol fame. Check out the full lineup here, and go here for ticket information. Weekend passes are currently running for $89 online and, until closing Friday, $77 at any of the designated outlets.

At the moment, it doesn’t seem like they’re offering tickets for individual days, so if you find yourself on Sunday totally preoccupied with your pre-celebration of the American worker, it looks like you’re out of luck. Purchase your weekend pass, and take comfort in the fact that your lungs will only be half as lined as they could be with dust. WOO! M83! WOOOOO, YES! *cough* *hack*

• FYF Fest: http://fyffest.com