RZA takes Hollywood: Wu-Tang leader signs on to direct two more films, considers ODB biopic

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RZA has gone Hollywood, y’all. With his debut directorial effort The Man with the Iron Fists hitting theaters last Friday and dividing critics faster than a karate chop to the FACE — The Boston Globe calls RZA’s flick “lunatic, slipshod, absurdly violent” (and that’s a negative review) — the once and future Wu-Tang Clan leader is poised to take our sun-kissed, silicone-injected town by storm. The renaissance man has recently agreed to (1) bring John Milius’ (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn) Genghis Khan biopic to life and (2) direct the thriller No Man’s Land. The Khan biopic focuses on the 13th-century warrior/empire-builder, as seen through the eyes of his son and grandson. It shoots in China next year. Meanwhile, No Man’s Land is the heartwarming tale of a dude who swipes a diamond belonging to a murderous crook and, together with a dancer, tries to not get killed and still cop some $$$$ from said jewel. The Hollywood Reporter describes it “as having echoes of The Warriors.” Reginald Hudlin, ex-prez of BET, is producing the film, and also working with RZA on adapting Grant Morrison’s latest comic, Happy.

And if all that weren’t enough, RZA is also planning on putting together an ODB biopic. Okay, now that’s enough.

• RZA: http://twitter.com/RZA
• Wu-Tang Corp.: http://www.wutang-corp.com

Pandora, pockets full of lint, sues ASCAP over higher licensing fees

Talk about bittersweet: Pandora radio is one of the most popular online music services out there right now, with its user base growing almost perpetually since its inception. The company is also struggling to implement a model for long-term profitability, as advertising revenue (which comprises ~88% of their total revenue) isn’t enough to reliably cover costs, which include payments to SoundExchange (representing artists and labels) and organizations like the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), who collect licensing fees on behalf of its members.

Even worse, the money that Pandora necessarily has to pay in “compulsory” licensing fees only increases as the number of listener hours increases, so in a sense, the company is digging itself in even more of a hole the more “successful” it becomes — unless they can hire the Gandalf of finances and accounting to come in and figure something out. As Forbes points out, “Pandora, in fact, has never been profitable, with more than $105 million in losses over the five fiscal years ending January of 2012… it has a business model that is fundamentally broken right now.”

Sad news. I know what you’re thinking; time for Pandora to start suing people, right? In a lawsuit filed on Monday, Pandora accused ASCAP of charging fees discordant with what it’s charging other organizations/companies, such as the Radio Music Licensing Committee, who represent competitor iHeartRadio (owned by Clear Channel). In a conversation with Billboard, a Pandora spokesperson said:

ASCAP continues to seek rates higher than the current rates and above the agreement that they reached earlier this year with all of the major radio groups, which covers both broadcast and Internet radio usage for the majority of our competitors. As a result, we are initiating the process that has been in place for decades to resolve royalty disputes with ASCAP.

The interim rate that Pandora is currently paying expires in 2015, at which point the license will have to be renegotiated anyway. Oh, innocent Pandora, you’ll still be around by then, won’t you?

• Pandora: http://www.pandora.com
• ASCAP: http://www.ascap.com

Now you have a reason to go: ATP confirms first bands for Deerhunter and TV On The Radio weekends

Some people go to shows for the chance to drink, some people go for the chance to socialize, and some people show up with the hope of meeting celebrities, but — and call me crazy — I go to shows because I like watching bands play music. Which is exactly why I’m excited today, because after what felt like years, All Tomorrow’s Parties has confirmed the first handful of bands that will be playing its weekend festivals hosted by Deerhunter and TV On The Radio.

On the weekend of May 10-12, in addition to watching TV On The Radio, you can also see Spank Rock, El-P, Saul Williams, Tinariwen, Shabazz Palaces, Thee Oh Sees, CSS, Daniel Higgs of Lungfish, Celebration, Talibam!, and North America.

For those of you who prefer summer shows, you can head out to the Deerhunter-curated event on the weekend of June 21-23 and see Deerhunter play three separate albums (Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Halcyon Digest) in their entirety, as well as Atlas Sound, Panda Bear, Avey Tare, Animal Collective (doing DJ sets), Pere Ubu, Dan Deacon, Tim Gane, Laetitia Sadier, No Age, and Black Lips.

Each weekend will be located at beautiful Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, England and will surely be a place where you can enjoy going to shows for the simple pleasure of watching bands play their music.

• ATP: http://www.atpfestival.com

Boris and eight other Japanese bands prep My Bloody Valentine tribute album Yellow Loveless (wait, that’s racist!)

My Bloody Valentine represent an almost astounding triumph of quality over quantity. 21 years after their monumental album Loveless was released to critical acclaim, people are still talking about them, arguably more than ever before, and as if their discography consisted of, you know, more than just two full-length albums. The band’s just-announced third album was undoubtedly spurned by this waxing appreciation, but what ultimately accounts for it? Lost in Translation? A generation of exceedingly hip P4K devotees? I won’t pretend to know the exact cause, but I can point out the symptoms — at least one of which fortunately doesn’t involve monologues from the newly acquainted and overly enthused. (What… too misanthropic?)

Yellow Loveless will be released on January 23, and it features nine Japanese bands (of varying genres, and including Boris!) offering a track-for-track rendition of that legendary shoegaze record. Also featured on the album are GOATBED (who recorded their version of “Loomer”), pop trio Shonen Knife (“When You Sleep”), and fittingly, Tokyo Shoegazer (“Only Shallow” and “I Only Said”). Racial connotations aside, the cover for Yellow Loveless appears to be simply a yellow-hued replication of the one for the original Loveless. And coinciding roughly (okay, not coinciding at all, but it’s worth mentioning) with the release of Yellow Loveless is MBV’s appearance at the Tokyo Rocks festival next May.

Clearly, Japan and My Bloody Valentine have some kind mutual infatuation with one another. Get a capsule room, you two.

Yellow Loveless tracklisting:

01. 東京酒吐座 (Tokyo Shoegazer) - Only Shallow
02. GOATBED - Loomer
03. The Sodom Project - Touched
04. Lemon’s Chair - To Here Knows When
05. 少年ナイフ(Shonen Knife) - When You Sleep
06. 東京酒吐座 (Tokyo Shoegazer) - I Only Said
07. Age of Punk - Come In Alone
08. Boris - Sometimes
09. Shinobu Narita (4-D Mode1) - Blown A Wish
10. Lemon’s Chair - What You Want
11. Sadesper Record - Soon

• Boris: https://www.facebook.com/borisheavyrocks
• High Fader: http://white.ap.teacup.com/lemonschair

Cat Power postpones European tour

Guys, I think maybe it’s time we stopping dumping all of our emotional pain and problems on poor Chan Marshall. I know she can’t actually hear us. And believe me, I also know all too well that we all feel better after projecting our petty insecurities onto third-party objects — for instance, whenever I get dumped on at TMT for writing stories that hinge on milquetoast premises and then compounding the problem by calling hyphened-off attention to that fact, I like to go home at the end of the day and yell at my bucket of KFC mashed potatoes until I pass out in them — but I just smoked a lot of weed, and I’m starting to think that using Chan as a totem for all of our petty bullshit is maybe somehow telekinetically making her physically sick .

As Primavera Sound tells us, Chan’s just announced that she is officially postponing a trek to Europe that she had planned for 2013 in support of her critically-acknowledged new album due to her continuing struggle with Angioedema. But wait, before you Google-search that word, check out what she posted on her Instagram:

As many of my fans know, I’ve been suffering from angioedema. It can attack at random & is extremely frightening and dangerous when it hits my throat, windpipe, or tongue, and I’ve been hospitalized for it eight times since the first attack, 2 DAYS AFTER MY RECORD RELEASE. Since then, I worked very very hard with all the best allergists, cardiologists, neurologists, accupuncurists, homeopathists & renowned healers that I could find, Body Talk, Reiki, Yoga, etc. so that I COULD DO THIS AMERICAN TOUR. I did my best & I want to do MORE & BETTER.

The American tour has been wonderful and amazing, and with me being unable to AFFORD to bring my show with full production, (which i helped create) to Europe, financially, really dumped a huge additional amount of stress on me as i was and still am fighting trying to get tour support.

I have to postpone my European tour until early next year, so I can return home and re-engage myself back into my health regimen.

I fucking love my fans. Everything I do regarding my career, I FIRST, think of my fans and this world we all share. But right now, I HAVE TO think of myself because I have to learn trough meditation & being clear from alcohol & cigarettes & red meat and lots of rest amongst my menagerie of doctors…. I have to think of MYSELF right now because I have to now LEARN to heal myself. Through that, I can learn to help others to heal themselves. I know my fans will understand and I thank them and love them much more than I believe they could ever know. I am here and do what I do, for them and because of them. You have kept me alive this long, I refuse to give up on you OR MYSELF. And that goes to all the journalists who write a true story as well. To you all in the struggle. May light be on your path at every step.

Bummer, I know. But I urge Cat Power fans to think twice about getting too emotionally distraught about all of this, lest the poor woman ends up in the emergency room. Sorry, but you’ll just have to find another outlet. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go freak the fuck out on some sour cream.

Cat Power dates:

11.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
11.26.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.28.12 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
11.29.12 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
12.01.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
12.02.12 - Munich, Germany - Theaterfabrik
12.03.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
12.04.12 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
12.06.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
12.07.12 - Madrid, Spain - Matadero
12.08.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sant Jordi Club
12.10.12 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
12.12.12 - London, England - Roundhouse
12.14.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club

01.30.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

• Cat Power: http://www.catpowermusic.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Shabazz Palaces tour Europe AND the US! Ooh, globetrotters!

Wonderful news! Your favorite electro hip-hop duo featuring a former member of Digable Planets sharing a name with the protagonist of Moby Dick is back! It’s not a crowded field by any means, but regardless, Shabazz Palaces are one of the best hip-hop groups in the world. Don’t believe me? Then listen to Black Up. Or if you’ve listened to Black Up, go listen to Black Up again. There’s a reason it was Tiny Mix Tapes’ favorite hip-hop record of 2011, and it’s not just because it sounded more like Emeralds than any other hip-hop record that year! (NOTE: Black Up does not sound like Emeralds, but it definitely sounds more like Emeralds than, say, Watch the Throne.)

According to Sub Pop, Shabazz Palaces are back on tour. Currently, they’re hanging out with their friends and collaborators THEESatisfaction on a tour of Europe. They’ll head back to the states for a hometown show in Seattle at the tail end of 2012, only to head out for a US tour with labelmates The Helio Sequence in mid-January. Somewhere, carved in a tree, is a heart. The heart surrounds the following letters: “SP + HS + SP 4EVA.” Shabazz Palaces. Helio Sequence. Sub Pop. Forever. So beautiful.

Shabazz Palaces dates:

11.09.12 - Nimes, France - Paloma *
11.10.12 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son *
11.12.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik *
11.13.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg *
11.15.12 - Liverpool, UK - Kazimier *
11.16.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Twisted Pepper *
12.28.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre *
01.18.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree ^
01.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West ^
01.20.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall ^
01.22.13 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven ^
01.24.13 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater ^
01.25.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social ^
01.26.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^
01.27.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel ^
01.28.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
01.29.13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar ^
01.30.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird ^
01.31.13 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop Bar ^
02.01.13 - Chicago, IL - The Shrine ^

* THEESatisfaction
^ The Helio Sequence

• Shabazz Palaces: http://shabazzpalaces.com
• THEESatisfaction: http://www.theesatisfaction.com
• The Helio Sequence: http://www.heliosequence.com

  

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