The Flaming Lips are reissuing Zaireeka on vinyl for Record Store Day, and this time you’ll need four turntables!

The Flaming Lips are reissuing Zaireeka on vinyl for Record Store Day, and this time you'll need four turntables!

Remember a few days ago when we told you about some sketchy lo-fi dudes who call themselves The Flaming Lips? Well, according to our pals over at Consequence of Sound, it seems like The Flaming Lips have scrounged up some old material to reissue for Record Store Day, which falls on April 20 this year. Just a few tunes they recorded in Wayne Coyne’s backyard and handed out to their friends and moms sometime in 1997. It’s got some weird name, like Zaireeka, I think. Somebody over here might have listened to it once or twice? Originally, you’d get four discs that you’d play at the same time on different stereos for some crazy, spacey effects, so maybe you’ll get a whole stack of records this time around too? (Yes, this is being reissued on VINYL.) Hopefully a few people will pick up this Zaireeka thing, and maybe The Flaming Lips will finally garner some sort of following and be able to stop playing in shitty basements without lights.

I think they’d really appreciate it if you listened to one of their songs:

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Ende Tymes Noise Festival 2013: Aaron Dilloway, Pulse Emitter, Zaimph, Work/Death, lots more

With the presumed end of the world behind us, the onslaught of 2013’s many festival lineup announcements is underway. If you’re looking to give your ears a particularly brutal beating this spring and want to hang on to the apocalypse-themed year that was 2012, then look no further than the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation, a three-day marathon of auditory assault sure to leave your drums a-ringing and your optimism about the future in tatters. Shows will take place May 24-26 at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn space.

In the past, the festival has also offered a wide range of video screenings, talks, and art installations to accompany the music, and while full details are not available yet, expect more of the same in 2013. The massive lineup of noise luminaries (Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes fame) and up and comers (tons of other folks from every corner of the US and beyond) is below. Plan on investing in some industrial-strength earplugs for your ear holes, or risk having your hearing face its own special ende tymes.


Aaron Dilloway
Andy Ortmann
Bhob Rainey and Witchbeam
Breached Hull
Clang Quartet
Collapsed Arc
Crank Sturgeon
Dried Up Corpse
Francisco Meirino
Ghost Taco
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet
IDM Theftable
ISA Christ
Jason Crumer
Jason Soliday
Jean-Sébastien Truchy
Justin Marc Lloyd
Long Distance Poison
Maria Chavez
Mister Matthews
Oscillating Innards
Penny Royale
Peter J Woods
Plague Mother
Pod Blotz
Pulse Emitter
Skin Graft
Tahnee Udero
Werewolf Jerusalem

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Rick Ross announces new album, Maybac… Mastermind

Maybach Music.

It’s only been about six months since Rick Ross put out his last record, the awesomely-titled, not-as-awesome-sounding God Forgives, I Don’t. Rick Ross is a man living his life in the fast lane, though, so it’s about time for him to announce a new album. Maybach Music. As Consequence of Sound reports, his next album will be called Mastermind and will be out later in 2013.

How do I know this? Am I one of Rick Ross’s close confidantes? Maybach Music. No, no, no, the answer is simpler than that. I just watched the album’s trailer, which you can view below. I learned a lot from that video, though none of those things really had anything to do with the album itself. But from what I can tell, Rick Ross has an enormous amount of money, which he uses to purchase mansions, jewelry, and baby mountain lions. Maybach Music. Sometimes beautiful, scantily clad women and Rick Ross hang out together. Rick Ross owns albums by Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and Curtis Mayfield, along with many magazines that feature Rick Ross on the cover. The video cuts between the classic albums and the magazine covers, perhaps in an effort to say something that nobody else is trying to say.

Maybach Music.

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Kitty Pryde releasing D.A.I.S.Y. Rage EP on January 31 #stoked #pumped #psyched #sparkles #unicorns #thundercats

I’m obsessed with Kitty, formerly known as Kitty Pryde. I like that she raps about watching Jimmy Neutron and playing The Sims and hating people on the internet and feeling uncool. I like the quintessentially teenage self-awareness of her 2012 releases, the lizzie mcguire experience and haha im sorry. I like the awkward moments and the experimental vibe and the possibility that it all might be a joke.

However, on “Dead Island,” a track from her upcoming D.A.I.S.Y. rage EP, Kitty proves that she is absolutely not a joke. She’s got sparkles, a rad beat, and a badass attitude. She doesn’t care who hates her. She could probably fight them.

D.A.I.S.Y. Rage drops on January 31. I can’t fucking wait.

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Amazon unveils AutoRip feature for CD purchases; CDs are all, “Yo, bro, thanks for the shout-out.”

As I touched upon recently, CDs are going out of style quicker than… [insert humorous analogy here]. The point is, despite the fact that CDs still comprise the majority of overall music sales, their novelty has quickly worn off, and that’s almost entirely due to the ever-burgeoning popularity of digital sources.

It need not be emphasized that the undisputed king of those digital music sources is Apple’s iTunes Store, which last year claimed roughly 64% of the digital music market and close to 30% of all music sold, regardless of the format. Prior to the launching of the store in 2003 (as well as the more general popularization of digital music throughout the decade), Amazon was quickly becoming the go-to source for physical music, as it siphoned away customers from traditional retail stores like Best Buy and Tower Records. Now that digital sources are slowly diluting the relevance of CDs, what’s Amazon to do if they want to realize their ultimate goal of world dom… I mean, retail monopolization? After all, Amazon MP3 isn’t close to achieving the success that the iTunes Store has.

Enter AutoRip — an appeal to those reluctant to relinquish their plastic discs, but technophilic enough to take advantage of the cloud. Launched officially on January 10, AutoRip does exactly that: when you purchase a designated AutoRip CD on Amazon, you’ll have the option to have it automatically ripped (der) to your Amazon Cloud Player for free, as 256 kbps MP3 files. In other words, it saves you the hassle of having to rip and upload the CD yourself.

Additionally, if you purchased CDs from Amazon since 1998, “AutoRip eligible songs” will be added to your Cloud Player library as well, supposedly, like… right now.

All of this sounds very interesting, but of course there are a few lingering questions. First, will the selection of CDs qualifying for AutoRip improve in the future? Reportedly, the current catalog consists of over 50,000 albums, but a search of some relatively popular artists (Animal Collective, Kanye West, Four Tet, etc.) suggests that it’s not yet comprehensive. Second, in the future, will we have any control over the resulting file type ripped to the cloud? True, most people probably don’t care, but a sub-feature like that might be a draw for some people (including myself).

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Talib Kweli has a new LP due out in April; also, don’t expect the second Black Star album this year

In the time honored hip-hop tradition of vaporware albums, Talib Kweli has confirmed in Rolling Stone that the follow up to Black Star’s landmark 1998 album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star won’t be out this year.

The long-teased-about, oft-delayed album isn’t on the back burner due to animosity between Kweli and Yasiin Bey (the dude who used to go by Mos Def) but commitments to other projects, with Kweli adding “I would love to get back into it whenever he’s ready.”

The duo is still considering making the (hopefully) forthcoming record themed around Aretha Franklin, inspired by a late-night listening session in 2011, the same late-night collaboration that led to “Fix Up.”

With that unsurprising news out of the way, Talib Kweli has a new solo album coming up. Prisoner of Conscious, available April 23, has been in the works for quite a while, apparently since before Kweli even began production on 2011’s Gutter Rainbows (TMT Review). Kweli is putting the album out on his own Blacksmith/Javotti Media label. Look for guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, and probably some others.


01.19.13 - Washington, DC - Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (DJ set)
01.20.13 - New York, NY - S.O.B.S.
01.31.13 - New York, NY - IFC Center (movie screening and discussion)
02.09.13 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore (Dilla Day)
02.22.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
02.26.13 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
02.27.13 - Providence, RI - Fete

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