RIP: Paul Motian, influential jazz drummer

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From Ottawa Citizen:

Drummer Paul Motian, who for more than five decades imbued the smallest of musical gestures with supreme significance, died earlier today.

Jazztimes.com reports here that Motian, 80, “died at 4:52 a.m. in New York City, as confirmed by a representative from ECM Records… a cause of death has not been disclosed.”

During his storied career, Motian accompanied Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Joe Lovano, among many others, and led groups that included younger musicians such as Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas, and many others.

• Paul Motian: http://www.myspace.com/paulmotian

Rights holders circling in the water to attack Grooveshark

The ongoing saga of Grooveshark continues…

After an executive at Grooveshark copied Digital Music News (DMN) writer Paul Resnikoff in his response to a thread of messages to and from members of King Crimson in which they accuse the aggregator of not working to remove their content, as they are mandated to do under their DMCA protection, Resnikoff published the conversation on DMN. Comments began to show up right away, and included a “visitor” that claimed to work for Grooveshark. In his comment, he explained how staff members are required to add, “a predetermined ammount [sic] of weekly uploads to the system” and that they even, “get a small extra bonus if [they] manage to go above that.” The commenter closes his screed with a foreboding note to King Crimson: “there is no way in hell you can get your stuff down.”

As part of a previous lawsuit that Universal Music Group (UMG) had filed in New York state court against Grooveshark, emails were obtained that showed evidence of Grooveshark’s executives directly uploading illegal content into their database for users to access. Presumably spurred on by the support that the anonymous commenter provided, UMG has filed a new complaint against the company that seeks the maximum penalty of $150,000 per upload incidence. Grooveshark has yet to see the complaint and has so far refrained from commenting, but if UMG’s claims are substantiated, it’s only a matter of time before an injunction against the streaming service is put into place.

With a number of new services taking root, including Spotify, that offer free or cheap streaming services while at the same time provide a clear and proven model for paying artists, labels, and other rights holders, it was only a matter of time before Grooveshark would be forced to either explain what their business model actually was beyond selling advertising around unlicensed streams and keeping the profits, or shut down completely. As DMN demonstrated in a brief article from early October where they attempted to get a straight answer from Grooveshark SVP Paul Geller, Grooveshark is good at bullshitting, but not very good at providing concrete answers about how they compensate rights holders for using their artistic output.

• Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com
• Universal Music Group: http://www.universalmusic.com

Cursive go for conjoined twins on I Am Gemini, out February 21, 2012

Your favorite Saddle Creek band Cursive is primed and ready to unleash their next full-length album, the follow up to 2009’s Mama, I’m Swollen (TMT Review). While front man Tim Kasher is a Leo, he’s entitled this project I Am Gemini, chronicling a tale of good and evil between twins Cassius and Pollock. The fun really starts when the angels and devils chime in, along with twin sisters who are conjoined at the head.

The album is said to be their heaviest release in years and consists of 13 songs, which Kasher wrote in chronological order from the opening track to the closing song. So get ready for one hell of a mind-bending mercurial ride. Question is, do conjoined twins headbang in unison? Check out Cursive’s upcoming tourdates after the tracklisting for I Am Gemini, dropping on February 21, 2012.

I Am Gemini tracklisting:

01. This House Alive
02. Warmer Warmer
03. The Sun and Moon
04. Drunken Birds
05. Lullaby for No Name
06. Double Dead
07. Gemini
08. Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton
09. Wowowow
10. This House a Lie
11. The Cat and Mouse
12. A Birthday Bash
13. Eulogy for No Name

Tourdates:

02.12.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
02.14.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.15.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
02.17.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
02.18.12 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
02.19.12 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
02.24.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.25.12 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
02.26.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.27.12 - Tempe, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
02.28.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
03.03.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown

• Cursive: http://www.cursivearmy.com
• Saddle Creek: http://saddle-creek.com

Occupy Wall Street gains support from Lou Reed, Talib Kweli, Jello Biafra, Amanda Palmer, Saul Williams, Fugazi members, and others via Occupy Musicians site

In a show of solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement, a sizable number of musicians have created Occupy Musicians. The likes of Lou Reed, Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, Jello Biafra, tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus, Tom Morello, Amanda Palmer, Talib Kweli, and Saul Williams have voiced their support for the Occupy protests happening around the world, not to mention more TMT-leaning folks like Dan Deacon, Drew Daniel, Evan Parker, Jamie Stewart, John Zorn, DJ /rupture, Matana Roberts, Mirah, Sharon Van Etten, Slim Moon, and Yuka Honda. Joining the ranks of Occupy Film Makers and Occupy Writers, the site will serve as a resource for live Occupy performances and embedded media of musical happenings, as well as providing journalists the opportunity to interview some of the musicians.

One name missing from the list is Jay-Z, who made headlines for his controversial Rocawear t-shirts reading “Occupy All Streets” that failed to financially support the #OWS movement.

Check out the Occupy Musicians website to view the still-growing full list of those who are openly supporting the 99%.

• Occupy Musicians: http://www.occupymusicians.com

Hood still on hiatus, but they’re releasing a 10th anniversary box set!

Oh, Hood. Those sneaky devils like mystery almost as much as Jandek does. They claim to get twitchy in interviews if anyone asks them to explain their name, and they keep any official versions of their lyrics a secret. They haven’t released an album since 2005’s Outside Closer (TMT Review), and they haven’t played any shows since then either. Their sound eludes easy classification — sometimes pastoral post-rock, sometimes electronic art pop, sometimes lo-fi experimental. Although they’re currently on a long-term hiatus, the members of Hood have certainly kept busy working on side/solo projects, as well as running labels, fanzines, and club nights.

On December 5, the 10th anniversary of Hood’s fifth LP, Cold House, Domino will release a 6CD box set entitled Recollected, which includes not only remastered versions of their four Domino releases (Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys, The Cycle of Days and Seasons, Cold House, Outside Closer), but also various remastered EPs and The Hood Tapes, a collection of 24 rare and unreleased recordings.

Tracklisting:

Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys
01. S.E. Rain Patterns
02. Boer Farmstead
03. The Light Reveals The Place
04. Your Ambient Voice
05. The Leaves Grow Old And Fall And Die
06. Diesel Pioneers
 
The Cycle of Days and Seasons
01. Western Housing Concerns
02. Hood Is Finished
03. //
04. September Brings the Autumn Dawn
05. In Iron Light
06. How Can You Drag Your Body Blindly Through?
07. Houses Tilting Towards The Sea
08. //
09. Roads Lead Northwards
10. //
11. …The Cliff Edge of Workaday Morality
 
Cold House
01. They Removed All Trace That Anything Had Ever Happened Here
02. You Show No Emotion At All
03. When Branches Bare
04. Enemy of Time
05. The Winter Hit Hard
06. I Can’t Find My Brittle Youth
07. This Is What We Do to Sell Out
08. The River Curls around the Town
09. Lines Low to Frozen Ground
10. You’re Worth the Whole World
 
Outside Closer
01. (intro)
02. The Negatives
03. Any Hopeful Thoughts Arrive
04. End of One Train Working
05. Winter 72
06. The Lost You
07. Still Rain Fell
08. L. Fading Hills
09. Closure
10. This Is It, Forever
 
5 Collected EPs
01. Useless
02. Home is Where it Hurts
03. Cold Fire Woods of Western Lanes
04. The World Touches Too Hard
05. Its Been a Long Time Since I Was Last Here
06. Across the Lonely Writing Sid
07. Painting the Town Dead
08. Ghosts by Japan
09. You Can’t Breathe Memories
10. The Rest of Us Still Care
11. By Island Lake (Excerpt)
12. Over the land, Over the Sea
13. Squint in the First Light of Day
14. The Sad Decline of Home
15. The Fact that You Failed
16. The Sea Against the Sand
 
The Hood Tapes
01. The Hurting World
02. Greydayer     
03. When We Wait All the Tables
04. Driven Out by Angry Villager      
05. Loss and L.E.D          
06. Names for Rain     
07. But I was Only a Bystander         
08. This Years First Storm        
09. Maple        
10. Winter Politics
11. Sad Neck
12. None of the Above
13. Leave like the Ghost You Are
14. Photographers           
15. Winter Will Set You Back           
16. Late Farming
17. You Shins Break My Heart     
18. Having the Loudest Hailer
19. Guess My Age
20. Hym to the Hill
21. The Second Thought Abandoned      
22. Before we get swept away….           
23. Stone and Height      
24. Points of Disintegration

• Hood: http://www.hoodmusic.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Madlib teams up with Freddie Gibbs to deliver another Madvillain 2 stopgap

Madlib a.k.a. Otis Jackson Jr. a.k.a. The Beat Konducta a.k.a. The Loop Digga a.k.a. Quasimoto a.k.a. Yesterdays New Quintet a.k.a. DJ Rels a.k.a. Monk Hughes a.k.a. Malik Flavors a.k.a. Ahmad Miller a.k.a. Kamala Walker a.k.a. Joe McDuphrey a.k.a. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble has just recently collaborated with Gary, Indiana’s finest rapper Freddie Gibbs a.k.a. that guy who awkwardly smoked weed with Best Coast at P4K Fest. The two have a thus-far untitled full-length album in the works that’s planned for Q1 of 2012, but in the meantime there’s an EP available now, though I’d really call it a maxi-single since it’s two vocal tracks, the instrumentals, and some bonus beats — also because I love to see people’s faces when I correct them over pointless technicalities.

The “EP” is called Thuggin’, and based on the title track it’s probably because the mixture of Gibbs’ hard rhymes and Madlib’s fillet-of-soul creates a sound that moves beyond mere “dope shit” into “straight thuggin’” territory. The 12-inch is released on Madlib’s own imprint, Madlib Invazion, as the first non-Medicine Show release on the label, and can be ordered aquí.

Thuggin’ EP tracklisting:

A1. Thuggin’
A2. Thuggin’ (instrumental
A3. Riot Call (bonus beats)
B1. Deep
B2. Deep (instrumental)
B3. Cold on the Blvd (bonus beats)

• Madlib: http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib
• Freddie Gibbs: http://www.freddiegibbs.com

[Photo: Matthew Scott]