Prince Rama try to win over the Mayans with upcoming album Top Ten Hits of the End of the World

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The aroma of unshaven armpits is a powerfully seductive thing, especially when it’s coupled with ritualistic drumming, ritualistic chanting, reverberant vocals, and mostly incomprehensible (at least to my battered and ignorant ears) lyrics. That was basically my take-away after seeing the Brooklyn-based psychedelic duo Prince Rama open for Gang Gang Dance last year. I have no idea whether Taraka Larson’s armpits are still unshaven, and it doesn’t matter anyway. The music’s the point, even if I was temporarily distracted. Blame the circumstances of my decidedly conventional suburban upbringing.

If you’re in Europe, you’ll be able to witness Prince Rama’s music this November, when they’ll be touring with their musical godparents, Animal Collective. Body hair aside, they’ll likely be playing a multitude of tracks from their recently announced album Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, which is due out November 6, courtesy of Paw Tracks.

Concerning the theme of the new album, try and follow me here. A press release describes Top Ten Hits as a “pseudo-compilation album,” consisting of songs from invented bands (complete with names, and apparently, actual biographies) that died during a hypothetical apocalypse. The songs themselves are the deceased bands being “channeled” for a performance. Accordingly, the album “explores pop music’s relationship to memory, nostalgia, and the spirit world.”

It’s a fascinating idea! It definitely seems to come across in the first single, “So Destroyed” by Rage Peace (actually Prince Rama). Listen to the track below and go here to read Rage Peace’s full biography.

Top Ten Hits of the End of the World tracklisting:

01. “Blade of Austerity” - Guns of Dubai
02. “Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever” - I.M.M.O.R.T.A.L.I.F.E.
03. “No Way Back” - Nu Fighters
04. “So Destroyed” - Rage Peace
05. “Receive” - Taohaus
06. “Radhamadhava” - Goloka
07. “Fire Sacrifice” - Black Elk Speaks
08. “Welcome To The Now Age” - Hyparxia
09. “Exercise Ecstasy” - The Metaphysixxx
10. “We Will Fall In Love Again” - Motel Memory

• Prince Rama: http://princerama.tumblr.com
• Paw Tracks: http://www.paw-tracks.com

Samsung launches Music Hub in the US, but only for people with a very specific $200 phone

It’s cloud and streaming mania! We’ll have to wait and see until the latest revenue figures come out, but I’m betting that the RIAA will be eating a healthy serving of a crow in the months and years ahead. The digital transition of music and entertainment generally is now fully underway, with Samsung being one of the latest companies to embrace an expansive digital music service. The only downside: you need a Samsung Galaxy S III phone to use it.

To those of you who own that particular phone, are planning on purchasing one, or are simply curious about the new service (which launched in the US last week), Samsung’s Music Hub takes an “all of the above” approach by including a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player, and a music store, all within a single app. That app costs $10 a month (not including song purchases), which is the same as Spotify’s premium service.

Asked to comment on Music Hub’s confluence of features, Daren Tsui, chief executive of mSpot, a digital music company that Samsung acquired in May in order to create the hub, remarked, “We purposely are trying to blur the line, whether it’s music from radio or catalog or your music… Honestly, where it comes from is less relevant especially if it’s a single plan. What you want is a holistic music experience at the end of the day.”

That sounds reasonable, but Ryan Nakashima at the Associated Press keenly points out the seeming redundancy of having cloud-based music storage, directly alongside millions of streamable tracks. That redundancy seems to be somewhat mitigated by the fact that people don’t always want to keep the music that they listen to; for instance, you have a song stuck in your head, and you stream it to get some quick relief. We all have our guilty pleasures.

Samsung’s Music Hub currently allows for a 30-day trial, in addition to one free album of their choosing. Jump on that, or something.

• Samsung Music Hub: http://www.musichub.com

Tame Impala are going on a fall tour, one in which they tell you how much they love Todd Rundgren over and over again

This story is about Tame Impala going on tour in the fall. I know that. I don’t want to talk about that. See, while I was combing through their press release, I discovered a MUCH MORE IMPORTANT nugget. “Elephant,” the first single off their new album Lonerism (out October 9 through Modular Recordings), is getting a digital and vinyl release on August 28 in the US, August 27 in the UK/Europe, and August 24 in Australia. That’s fine and well, but the important thing is that the single features remixes from Canyons and… Todd Rundgren.

Congratulations, Tame Impala, you’ve made it.

The coveted Rundgren remix is the highest honor in rock. You think The Beatles are the greatest band in the history of music? You must be an idiot, because The Beatles never got a rundgmix. Anyway, to celebrate this momentous occasion, Tame Impala are going on tour. Since a Todd Rundgren kiss from heaven doesn’t happen every day, the tour will be a world tour, hitting South America, their homeland of Australia, Europe, the UK, and wrapping up in the United States. Their Swedish buddies The Amazing will accompany them on the US dates, while quietly boiling over with jealousy. Oh and I guess by the time the European leg starts, Lonerism will have been released. But who cares? Everybody will have already deleted/sold/smashed the entirety of their music library, in favor of simply keeping one mp3 of that Todd Rundgren remix.

08.15.12 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Cine Joia
08.16.12 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Queremos!
08.17.12 - Santiago, Chile - Club Fauna
08.18.12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Niceto Club
09.29.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Parklife Festival
09.30.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Parklife Festival
10.01.12 - Perth, Australia - Parklife Festival
10.06.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Parklife Festival
10.14.12 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
10.15.12 - Paris, France - Bataclan
10.16.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.17.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
10.19.12 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
10.20.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10.22.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10.23.12 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
10.25.12 - Vienna, Austria - Fluc
10.26.12 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
10.27.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
10.29.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10.30.12 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
11.01.12 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
11.02.12 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
11.03.12 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
11.07.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.09.12 - Boston, MA - Royale Night Club
11.10.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
11.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
11.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11.17.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre

• Tame Impala: http://www.tameimpala.com
• Modular Recordings: http://www.modularpeople.com

Frank Ocean cancels summer European festival dates, pulls out of the Coldplay tour you didn’t know he was opening

Frank Ocean and the men of Coldplay will no longer be making beautiful, kinda schmaltzy music that your mom digs and you kinda secretly like because of the Frank Factor but are like “nah my mom likes that ish, I can’t feel it” together. Because, with little explanation, Frank Ocean is pulling out of an upcoming stadium tour with Coldplay. Did you know Frank Ocean would be rockin’ the Doritos Presents Cool Ranch Auditorium in Americaville, Missouri alongside Chris Martin et al, potentially appearing from out of a swirling mass of stage fog to sing the chorus on “Clocks” during the English lads’ encore? No? Well now you know… what could have been.

For the good people of Cool Ranch Auditorium and assorted European summer festivals, the bad news popped off a couple days ago at Sweden’s Way Out West festival, when Ocean pulled himself from the line-up. Storm clouds had been ambiguously a-brewin’ since Norway’s Oya Festival last Friday, when the dark R&B wunderkind performed four songs before finishing his brief set early, due to voice issues. However, Ocean’s disappearance from the summer tour circuit has not yet been confirmed as a result of vocal problems. In a statement on Way Out West’s website, Ocean says, “Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now, but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months and the casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot on the European leg of the Coldplay world tour. Sorry as fuck, I’ll be back if you’ll have me.” The smooth operator will be absent from Bestival, Flow Festival, Pukkelpop, and V Festival, along with the aforementioned August Coldplay tour.

But hey! You can still read our review of Channel Orange!

• Frank Ocean: http://frankocean.com

The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi musical premiering in November; Wayne Coyne drops acid and says “those guys in The Flaming Lips are geniuses”

The Flaming Lips are an awesome band that have built their legacy on more than just some of the best albums of the last 20+ years; they’ve also reached greatness by continually pleasing their fans with surprising ideas. From the four-discs-played-simultaneously experiment of Zaireeka to their arena tour with Candlebox, from walking across crowds in giant bubbles to their multi-hour epics over the last couple years, The Flaming Lips are always trying new things. Latest example: The Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots musical, making its premiere in November at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA. In honor of their eccentricities, let’s try this news story in a different way. I’ll list a couple facts below and you guess which one is false:

1. The musical is about Yoshimi, a young Japanese artist facing the battle of her life: the battle for her life, where Yoshimi journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world and wages a war with fate.

2. It features music from several Flaming Lips albums like Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Soft Bulletin, and At War with the Mystics.

3. The musical receives its stage pedigree with story and direction by multiple Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff.

4. As a requisite to ticket purchase, all viewers must consume LSD, which will be handed out by ushers upon entering the theatre.

So, which one is false? I guess you’ll have to see the show and find out.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• La Jolla Playhouse: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org

The Dismemberment Plan just played eight new songs live! Meanwhile, thousands of fans everywhere just forgot eight old Dismemberment Plan songs.

Hey! Listen, I’m kind of in a hurry here. Besides, it’s like Tuesday already, so you probably know what happened at this past weekend’s Dismemberment Plan shows, starting Friday night at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery, right? Wait, you don’t? And you’re a “fan” of theirs?? Sigh. Fine, strap in. I’ll take you through it.

So, blah blah blah, “The Dismemberment Plan”… something, something, “live debut of first new songs in 11 years” or whatever it is… maybe I’ll throw in a dash of the old “Consequence of Sound reports," etc. etc. And a quick cutaway to Travis Morrison's Facebook recap:

Travis here.

We played a bunch of new songs this weekend at our shows. Eight to be exact! It went well, we think. We have a bunch more coming so we're going back to the lab to work on brand new ones and tweak these. No plans for recording as of yet, although certainly those conversations are happening now.

"Beyond that, he goes on to say (as if there's actually anything beyond that), "the shows were great. " So yeah, everyone in the band seems to be feeling positive and in good spirits about stuff, but other than that, not much to glean, really. Let's just cut straight to the fan reactions, shall we?

The new songs sounded better than the old ones!
-Rob Perry

Oh man. A new album would be so awesome.
-Skylar Francise

Omg new songs
-Sean Gilbertson

Yup, pretty funny out of context, huh? Well, that’s about it. You’re up to speed, and I’m out of here.

Oh, wait! The songs. Yes, there’s YouTube videos of at least six of them. I’m sure you can search them out yourself when you get a… oh, never mind. Here they are.

• The Dismemberment Plan: http://www.dismembermentplan.com
• DeSoto: http://www.desotorecords.com

[Photo: Josh Sisk]