Universal assimilates EMI’s entire recorded music division; resistance is futile!

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Like a fat (really fat) person eating an entire buffet, mega-conglomorate Universal Music Group (UMG) has completed their acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division, thus making it an unstoppable musical juggeranaut that will soon be so large that it will need a motorized scooter to move from place to place.

To give you an idea of just how incredibly fucking large UMG is now, here are a list of the labels that they now control after the merger: Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Records, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Nashville, Virgin Records, and Verve Music Group. That’s, like, at least 50 percent of all the music in the world. Controlled by one company; and you think you’re going to make headway with your indie label? Again, resistance is futile; you will be assimilated, eventually.

“This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry,” said UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. “EMI is finally returning to people who have music in their blood. We are acquiring incredible labels and a roster of stellar talent, including top-selling artists like Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. We remain true to our vision of investing in EMI, growing the company as a vibrant source of new music, offering consumers more choice and supporting the growth of online music services.”

Grange also added that he enjoys the fact that consumers believe they are deciding between two competing companies and then returned to watching the rat maze he has in the office, the one with no exit and walls that slowly close in.

Lil Wayne releasing I Am Not A Human Being sequel in December; potential guests Animal Collective snubbed again

Alright guys and gals. Forget whatever albums just dropped or are supposed to come out later this year. Forget Death Gripes and Sam Walker and all the other crazies who make music these days. I don’t even know anymore. But, here’s what I do know (thx 2 Idolator): Lil Wayne is releasing another album. His tenth album.

I Am Not a Human Being II, sequel to 2010’s I Am Not A Human Being is on the release calendar for December 11 (already delayed from a planned November release), which chronologically follows last year’s Tha Carter IV (TMT Review). Check out one of the singles already released, “My Homies Still”:

Stoked? Okay!

• Lil Wayne: http://www.lilwayne-online.com
• Young Money: http://www.weareyoungmoney.com

TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek launches new label with Telepathe single, builds every release with his bare hands and sweat

Dave Sitek is tired of all these lazy, no good, dumbhead, garbage sack bozos. Taking all week mixing, recording, and producing records. Taking all month silkscreening album jackets. And, worst of all, they’re doing it wrong. Dave Sitek can’t take it, so he’s taking matters into his own hands. The TV on the Radio bassist/producer has started a new record label by the name of Federal Prism, focusing on limited-edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs. Every release on the new label will be recorded, mixed, and produced by Sitek himself. Not only that, but Sitek will hand-silkscreen each of the 500 numbered copies himself. Finally, Dave Sitek doesn’t need any of you chumps.

The question is, who shall be Federal Prism’s chrome ambassador? Well, Sitek says Brooklyn electro-pop outfit Telepathe is the label’s “chrome ambassador.” On October 9, the label will put out a digital version of the group’s new single “Destroyer,” with a vinyl edition following in October 30. The record’s B-side will contain a remix by some fellow named Trent Reznor, accompanied by his friends Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross.

Go over to Federal Prism’s website to pre-order the record. All pre-orders come with an immediate download of 320 kbps MP3s of the new single. If you were worried about having to wait for your chrome ambassadors, worry no longer.

• Federal Prism: http://federalprism.com
• Telepathe: http://www.facebook.com/telepathe

Kanye West sued for copyright infringement; probability of him giving a damn: minimal

The record label TufAmerica is quickly gaining recognition, but not for releasing quality music. Recent publicity would suggest that they’ve divided their operations; one half is devoted to handling all of the stuff that record labels traditionally handle, and the other half is devoted to analyzing popular hip-hop albums, listening closely for any sample that just might (thanks to complicated legal minutiae) violate copyright laws.

Recall that it was back in May that TufAmerica brought a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys, alleging, among other things, copyright infringement, despite the fact that the five-year statute of limitations had long-since passed on the samples in question. Who knows how that will turn out or if it will go anywhere, but in the meantime, the folks at TufAmerica must be thinking, why not deliver another lawsuit against one of the world’s most popular artists, just for good measure?

Reported by Billboard, this lawsuit has to do with the tracks “Who Will Survive in America?” and “Lost in the World,” featured on Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (TMT Review). Both tracks sample the 1969 single “Hook and Sling, Part 1” from New Orleans singer and pianist Eddie Bo, and TufAmerica claims that it bought the rights to this particular song more than 15 years ago.

In contrast with the Beastie Boys case, West’s label Roc-A-Fella (and by extension, Universal Music Group) apparently did pay a license fee of $62,500, but TufAmerica alleges in its complaint that the labels “failed and refused to enter into written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of [‘Hook and Sling’]” — other uses that include a film based on the track “Runaway,” and the “Lost in the World” music video. It seems like a valid complaint at first judgment, but I’m no expert. I just want to sigh. These lawsuits are depressing in their greed and pettiness. Snooki gives me more faith in humanity. Where’s my pick-me-up?

• Kanye West: http://kanyewest.com

Death Grips to premiere NO LOVE DEEP WEB at midnight; band says Epic Records won't confirm its release date "till next year sometime"

Yesterday, YouTube user moralreef discovered a new track by Death Grips called “True Vulture Bare.” He apparently found the track through a hole in the group’s website and, for the good of humankind, uploaded it to YouTube. As he put it: “Just having a peek at the files URI in the Death Grips website (They really need to fix that hole), found a new track, under truevulturebare.zip.”

Today, Death Grips have announced a “leak” of their own. At the stroke of midnight (a.k.a. midnight), the group will be premiering their forthcoming album NO LOVE DEEP WEB, the follow-up to April’s The Money Store (TMT Review). According to Death Grips’ Twitter, not only will this be our first chance to hear the album, but also the group’s label, Epic Records, who apparently now won’t confirm a release date “till next year sometime.”

NO LOVE DEEP WEB was originally slated for October 23, but I guess waiting until then or “next year sometime” won’t be necessary. Details have yet to be announced, but be sure to check Death Grips’ Twitter. And, keep in mind that this premiere is happening at midnight PST, so plan your life accordingly. Me? I need my beauty sleep. Says my wife. :(

Meanwhile, here’s the aforementioned “True Vulture Bare” as you wait:

[UPDATE: Death Grips have now shared NO LOVE DEEP WEB in full, via SoundCloud stream, YouTube playlist, BayFiles download, and direct download from thirdworlds.net!]

Oh and here’s the cover:

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net

Big Dipper to shake off the rust and release their first new LP in two decades

It’s been over 20 years, but Big Dipper is back. The seminal jangle pop band’s first album of all-new material since 1990’s Slam is due out November 27. Recorded at vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Gary Waleik’s home studio, the 12-track album, titled Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet, will be released on Almost Ready Records and will feature cover art from none other than rock legend Robert Pollard.

Big Dipper haven’t been completely dormant since their 1992 break-up; the band reunited in 2008 for a series of shows to commemorate the release of the three-disc Merge Records retrospective Supercluster. Renewed interest in the band from the reunion gigs inspired Waleik — along with guitarist/vocalist Bill Goffrier, drummer/vocalist Jeff Oliphant, and late-era Big Dipper bass player Tom Brewitt — to return to the studio for the first time in a very long while.

For anyone scratching their head, Big Dipper formed way back in 1985, consisting of Goffrier, Oliphant, and Waleik, along with Waleik’s Volcano Sun ex-pat Steve Michener. Waleik and Goffrier began writing songs and it was only a matter of time before their debut — the EP Boo-Boo — was released on Homestead in 1987. Later that year, their full-length follow up Heavens was released to critical acclaim. After touring North America consistently, Europe twice, and releasing Craps in 1988, the band moved up to the majors by signing to Epic Records. On Epic, they released Slam. Michener left the band shortly thereafter and that was basically it until the 2008 reunion.

The band hasn’t announced tourdates or an official tracklist yet but that is sure to come before Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet makes its way into your hands.

• Big Dipper: http://www.facebook.com/BigDipperBand
• Almost Ready: http://www.almostreadyrecords.com