Rhapsody buys Napster from Best Buy and picks up some gummi worms in the checkout line

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According to Billboard, Rhapsody announced today that they’ve bought Napster, which was previously owned by Best Buy. This makes for an even bigger year for the streaming music subscription service, as they acquired Yahoo! Music’s Music Unlimited (along with their 400,000 subscribers) in February. While Best Buy was not able to help Napster secure deals with labels as they had hoped, Rhapsody already has an estimated 800,000 subscribers and an attractive new freemium model, which should keep their competitors — such as Spotify — at bay.

Rhapsody president Jon Irwin stated, “This deal will further extend Rhapsody’s lead over our competitors in the growing on-demand music market. There’s substantial value in bringing Napster’s subscribers and robust IP portfolio to Rhapsody as we execute on our strategy to expand our business via direct acquisition of members and distribution deals.”

The remaining paperwork is expected to become final by November 30, 2011.

• Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com
• Napster: http://www.napster.com
• Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.com
• Burger King: http://www.bk.com

Bill Orcutt to tour Europe in dissonant support of new album How the Thing Sings

If you listen to any of guitarist Bill Orcutt’s solo recordings, it’s easy to ascertain the basic pieces of equipment that he utilizes: a vintage four-string Kay acoustic guitar with pickup (okay, I googled the specifics), an amp, a single microphone, and most importantly, a hammer — which he presumably uses to smash the aforementioned pieces of hardware, helping to create the unmistakably noisy, harsh, and lo-fi aesthetic that colors his albums and more than warrants his current relationship with Editions Mego. That relationship, along with the release of his most recent album, How the Thing Sings (TMT Review), forms the basis for his upcoming European tour.

Orcutt’s albums are largely improvisational, and the same can be said for his live performances. In an interview with Pitchfork, he remarks, “It’s hard to go out in front of people with an acoustic guitar and improvise for 30 or 40 minutes, but I had a compulsion to do it. I just had to in a way that I can’t really explain. I had opportunities to play with other people and give my self some sort of security, but for some reason I wanted to play solo and just put it out there.” Thankfully, Orcutt’s compulsion is for the benefit of all of us who relish noisy unpredictability, in combination with a style reminiscent of the blues guitarists of yesteryear.

Dates:

10.06.11 - Lisbon, Portugal - Out.Fest
10.07.11 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Tusk Festival
10.08.11 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Tusk Festival
10.09.11 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Tusk Festival
10.11.11 - Sheffield, UK - The Riverside *
10.12.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill *
10.13.11 - Bristol, UK - The Cube Cinema *
10.14.11 - London, UK - Café Oto *
10.15.11 - London, UK - Café Oto $
10.16.11 - Bremen, Germany - Friese
10.17.11 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - WORM
10.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Ateliers Claus %
10.19.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Gunther
10.20.11 - Paris, France - Espace en Cours
11.12.11 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out Fest
12.03.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Urbaines Festival
01.21.12 - San Diego, CA - SDXG 2012

* Jessica Rylan
$ Steve Gunn
% Chris Forsyth

• Bill Orcutt: http://palilalia.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Bruar Falls venue closing in November

Numerous Brooklyn DIY venues have been dropping like flies, such as the closing and burglary of Silent Barn, and Monster Island soon to join them this month. Now news has spread that Bruar Falls, the Williamsburg counterpart to the Lower East Side’s Cake Shop, will be shutting their doors for good in November. Interestingly, Bruar Falls’ story is a bit different than those of the DIY scene, as the two-year-old host for free music was an actual legitimate venue.

Co-owner Andy Bodes explained in an official statement:

We opened with nothing but optimism and excitement, after designing and building our ideal combination of a local jukebox bar with a stage to showcase all the great bands coming out of Brooklyn. It was soon apparent to us, however, that people in Williamsburg have lots of other options to see bands. We love and are inspired by these places, but really, between loft/warehouse parties and D.I.Y spots, where you can bring in your own cheap beer, smoke inside and hit on the same people…we totally understand why it’s hard to spend money at your local legit small club. It is difficult not to be a bit jealous of their freedom, but we have always worked hard to be in for the long haul. Our closure is not a victim of Whole Foods’ bulldozers, nor did we get our sound equipment stolen by thieving assholes. Actually, we wish it was something that dramatic and awful.

So while we were scraping up funds to help these illegal party places, we let a legitimate hang-out expire entirely. Lesson learned. Bodes hints, however, at the possibility of saving “the name for another location” so it can “start anew.”

Some of the venue’s final performances will include sets by Shooting Spires, Forest Fire, and Yvette.

• Bruar Falls: http://bruarfalls.com

Ecstatic Sunshine’s Papich releases first LP for NNA Tapes under Co La moniker

Attention fans of all things Baltimore: Ecstatic Sunshine’s Matthew Papich has a new name and a new release. On Daydream Repeater, Papich is going by the very un-Googlable moniker of Co La. And as Co La, he’s veering into loops ‘n’ samples territory and away from the guitar wackiness for which he was known in Ecstatic Sunshine. The album, due November 15, promises touches of Cornelius and The Avalanches, with bits of pretty much every genre you can think of, including some that NO ONE has thought of EVER, which begs the question: Is Co La God? Are we all just figments of Co La’s imagination? Will the next “person” to walk into my office be a yak in a business suit?

Who knows? In Papich’s musical universe, anything can happen. Co La may be a new concept, but Co La releases aren’t. Since Papich took on the frothy, tooth enamel-rotting name back in March 2011, he’s released three other cassette-only releases:Rest in Paradise (Watercolor), Dial Tone Earth, and Fugitive of Leisure (Friends). Yes, I said March 2011. Six months ago. But on the seventh month, he ain’t gonna rest. No! Aside from releasing Daydream Repeater on NNA Tapes — the label’s first foray into vinyl, mind you — he’s performing at a little thing called CMJ as part of NNA’s label showcase.

Daydream Repeater tracklisting:

01. Cocktail
02. Vanity Plate
03. Wanna Say Faux
04. Turned Twice
05. Burning One in Stockholm
06. Smooth Solidarity
07. Egyptian Peaches
08. Belgian Pillow
09. My Jamaican
10. Siamese in Greece

10.22.11 - New York, NY - Death By Audio (Software/NNA Tapes showcase)

• NNA Tapes: http://www.nnatapes.com

Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) releases zine sans pie recipes

I was at the newsstand the other day flipping through Southern Living, wishing there were more publishers interested in the same things as me. Sure, I could use a new recipe for peach cobbler, but I’d also like some underground print on more obscure subject matter. Not that there’s anything wrong with just reading blogs for that stuff. Ahem. But anyway….

Oneohtrix Point Never fans who are anticipating the upcoming Replica LP on November 8 (which is now available for preorder in a bunch of different bundles) should also be excited to hear that Daniel Lopatin will launch his new zine this fall, called Cool Drool, according to The Wire. Cool Drool Volume 1: Our Drool & Why will be released later this year via Lopatin’s Software label and will feature written and visual contributions from Jon Rafman, Megazord, Cory Arcangel, Laurel Halo, Taylor Richardson, Dominic Fernow, Robert Beatty, Bill Kouligas, and others.

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://www.pointnever.com
• Software: http://softwarelabel.net

Ruins dude’s Ruins Alone album released on SKiN GRAFT; you’re never alone with Ruins Alone

Scientists strongly suspect that Ruins drummer/vocalist/founder Yoshida Tatsuya may be Earth’s first known man/tornado hybrid. The renowned Japanese noise rock innovator is an unstoppable force, constantly releasing solo albums, collaborating with the likes of ultra-prolific guitar/multi-instrumentalist Keiji Haino and prominent English avant-garde dude Derek Bailey, and — of course — releasing Ruins albums and doing the solo Ruins tour thing under the moniker Ruins Alone. Guitar player doesn’t show up to first practice? STOP HAVING GUITARS IN YOUR BAND. Picturesque, rickety barn in your path? SMASH IT. Bassist Sasaki Hisashi leaves the band? GO ON “BASSIST WANTED” TOUR AND PLAY WITH DIFFERENT BASSIST IN EACH CITY. Those are just the type of things that Yoshida Tatsuya does. Every day. Don’t even try to mess with him.

And now he’s back with the debut Ruins Alone recording on SKiN GRAFT, due November 21. The self-titled debut is Yoshida’s first release since his 2009 Yawiquo album under the Sax Ruins moniker, and before that plain ol’ Ruins released the song “Gwodhunqa” as a split 7-inch/comic with High on Fire on SKiN GRAFT in 2005. Ruins Alone is the 100th release for the no wave/noise lovin’ label, and like any good special release, this one comes on colored vinyl (oooh!!!) or on CD with special bonus tracks… ya know, in case the first 20 weren’t enough Ruins Alone for you.

Ruins Alone tracklisting:

01. JEMVLESQAPP
02. LAIPTHCIG
03. IXZELGRIVER
04. STONEHENGE
05. BAXCEMGILASZ
06. HYDEROMASTGRONINGEM
07. EQUESSPALDHO
08. SANCTUARY
09. GLASCHZENCK
10. PALLASCHTOM
11. AHFTSIVESPHA
12. DAGDAD
13. VILLANZYATS
14. GRUBANDGO
15. LOCKSSOMBLEZ
16. SCHVOSTESS
17. NEFESTORXISS
18. CAMBODIA
19. OBTHECKLOMTZ
20. DHASKRIVE
21. NOTTURUNO *
22. PROGROCK *
23. HARDROCK *

* CD-only bonus tracks (available as a free download with LP)

• Ruins Alone: http://www.skingraftrecords.com/bandhtmlpages/ruinspg.html
• SKiN GRAFT: http://www.skingraftrecords.com

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