YouTube considering a subscription fee for music videos. How much would you pay for more Harlem Shake videos?

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According to CNN Money, Google is rumored to be exploring the monetization of music on YouTube. Artists whose videos are on YouTube are currently paid royalties that are funded through ad sales, but content creators want to explore the possibility of making money off teen eyeballs by having them pay a subscription fee. While in theory this is a good idea, the underlying reason why YouTube is so popular with the most sought-after demographic is its inherent free-ness. A :20 second ad before a Harlem Shake video has not stopped the phenomenon from racking up millions of views, so having people pay a small amount to take the ads out of the equation seems unlikely, especially when this new service’s existing competitors struggle to attract paying users as it is, with only about 1 million currently paying for Spotify’s premium offerings.

But if anyone is in a good position to try this, it’s Google’s YouTube. The users are there and this move might result in even more labels getting on board the YouTube bandwagon, clearly the new front line of the distribution network for mainstream music. Whether or not a subscription fee will turn out to be more profitable than the existing ad-supported model is still unproven, so this whole endeavor could be a complete wash, but the ‘music industry’ is up for anything that might generate revenue in an age when content is presumed to be free. Good luck undoing that notion.

• YouTube: http://www.youtube.com

YouTube considering a subscription fee for music videos. How much would you pay for more Harlem Shake videos?

According to CNN Money, Google is rumored to be exploring the monetization of music on YouTube. Artists whose videos are on YouTube are currently paid royalties that are funded through ad sales, but content creators want to explore the possibility of making money off teen eyeballs by having them pay a subscription fee. While in theory this is a good idea, the underlying reason why YouTube is so popular with the most sought-after demographic is its inherent free-ness. A :20 second ad before a Harlem Shake video has not stopped the phenomenon from racking up millions of views, so having people pay a small amount to take the ads out of the equation seems unlikely, especially when this new service’s existing competitors struggle to attract paying users as it is, with only about 1 million currently paying for Spotify’s premium offerings.

But if anyone is in a good position to try this, it’s Google’s YouTube. The users are there and this move might result in even more labels getting on board the YouTube bandwagon, clearly the new front line of the distribution network for mainstream music. Whether or not a subscription fee will turn out to be more profitable than the existing ad-supported model is still unproven, so this whole endeavor could be a complete wash, but the ‘music industry’ is up for anything that might generate revenue in an age when content is presumed to be free. Good luck undoing that notion.

• YouTube: http://www.youtube.com

Camera Obscura return with new album, tour, and even more charming winter hats

The dapper Glaswegians in Camera Obscura are back with a new album, a super-lengthy, globetrotting tour, and even more charming winter hats than ever before. It has been four years since the band’s last release, My Maudlin Career (TMT Review), and the five-piece are teaming up with 4AD for Desire Lines, which is due June 4. Recorded last December in Portland with Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine (Neko Case, Sufjan Stevens, R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket, etc. etc. etc.), the new album also features guest appearances from… dun dun DUN… Neko Case and My Morning Jacket.

Camera Obscura will be repping Desire Lines on tour this spring/summer, starting with last night’s pit stop at the 35 Denton Music Festival in Texas and soon to be followed by a series of appearances at SXSW. Then it’s on to New York, where the group will be performing with haunting indie folk chanteuse Marissa Nadler. They’ve got a date at Primavera in Spain! They’ve got a date jammin’ with a cryptozoological underwater sea creature at Loch Ness aptly named Rock Ness! They’ve got a stop at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal! They’re even playing Englewood, CO’s Gothic Theatre! I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT IS BUT DAMN IF IT DOESN’T SOUND COOL LIKE MAYBE EDWARD GOREY PROGRAMMED THE NIGHT’S EVENTS AND A BIG SPIDER’S GONNA JUMP OUT OF A BIRTHDAY CAKE AT THE END, YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF COOL. For select dates, Camera Obscura are also joining up with She & Him for a sure-to-be-enchanting jaunt across the US and Canada. Maudlin schmaudlin.

Dates:

03.10.13 - Denton, TX - 35 Denton Music Festival
03.12.13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
03.13.13 - Austin, TX - Latitude 30
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - Cedar Door
03.19.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
05.25.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.04.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
06.05.13 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
06.06.13 - London, UK - Heaven
06.07.13 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
06.08.13 - Newcastle, UK - Northumbria University
06.09.13 - Loch Ness, UK - Rock Ness
06.16.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - SOhO
06.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
06.19.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
06.21.13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
06.22.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
06.23.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
06.26.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06.27.13 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
06.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom **
07.01.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Hill Auditorium **
07.03.13 - Montréal, QC - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal **
07.04.13 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Festival **
07.05.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest **
07.06.13 - New York, NY - Summerstage, Central Park **
07.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts **
07.10.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion **
07.11.13 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Filene Center **
07.12.13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
07.13.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
07.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival

* Marissa Nadler
** She & Him

• Camera Obscura: http://www.camera-obscura.net
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Mykki Blanco begins “Initiation Tour” of North America; local fraternities scared, offended, aroused

Outside of our Chocolate Grinder, acquaintance with New York emcee Mykki Blanco and her multi-faceted everything has unfortunately eluded me, but now that I’ve had the chance to educate myself a bit, I realize that I need not feel distraught — acquaintance was almost an inevitability. The “Mykki Blanco” name and her associate brand of self-assured (euphemism) abstract hip-hop feel like an example of cultural peer pressure. I don’t know who Mykki Blanco is, BUT I MUST REMEDY THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR SOME REASON. Whether I’m subsequently cooler among my friends remains to be seen, but at least I’ve satisfied the urge. On to watching new episodes of the The Walking Dead. When will Rick get it together?

…Or have I? Following up on her hellish support of Death Grips beginning last winter, Mykki has just started an extensive North American tour — her first as the headliner, and appropriately-named “The Initiation Tour.” It consists of 33 shows in total, with five taking place in Austin, TX for SXSW. Of particular note concerning SXSW: she’ll be appearing at TMT’s very own showcase with Northern Spy at The Museum of Human Achievement, so be sure to attend that show at least. We’ll give you life points for it. We have the power. See details here, and for Blanco dates, see below.

Dates:

03.11.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
03.12.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues *
03.14.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW [Night Supply @ 505 Warehouse]
03.14.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW [IHeartComix x Fools Gold x Mad Decent]
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW [Turn Up @ Republic]
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW [Tiny Mix Tapes x Northern Spy @ Museum of Human Achievement]
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW [Brooklyn Vegan Showcase – Maggie Mae’s]
03.18.13 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
03.19.13 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
03.20.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
03.24.13 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
03.25.13 - Atlanta, GA - Earl
03.26.13 - Greensboro, NC - Glenwood Coffee & Books
03.27.13 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
03.28.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - 6119
03.29.13 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Downtown Arts
03.30.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
04.02.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.04.13 - Princeton, NJ - Princeton University Terrace Club
04.11.13 - Miami, FL - Bardot Miami
04.12.13 - New Haven, CT - Yale University Toad’s Place
04.13.13 - Waltham, MA - Brandeis University Rose Art Museum Lawn
04.18.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
04.19.13 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
04.20.13 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
04.22.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.23.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Café
04.24.13 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
04.25.13 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain’t Hollywood
04.26.13 - Hanover, NH - Dartmouth College Sarner Underground
04.27.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott

* Major Lazer

• Mykki Blanco: http://mykkiblancoworld.com

Public Enemy stick it to the man with a fancy 25th Anniversary vinyl box set!

No matter what your race, religion, or stance on the social acceptability of viking helmets, if you’ve ever wanted to haul off and just tell the establishment to go shove it, Chuck D, Flava Flav (and their badass production team, the Bomb Squad) were there for you. In fact, heck, they were there to do it for you. Starting with their 1987 debut Yo! Bum Rush the Show and culminating with 1998’s He Got Game, these guys spent over a decade, six studio albums for Def Jam, and a lot of crazy clock necklaces dedicating themselves to the task of raging/partying against the machine on your behalf.

Now, an incredible 25 years since they first crashed onto the scene and pretty much defined hardcore hip-hop, Island/Def Jam is celebrating the group’s gritty, take-it-to-the-streets mentality by releasing their entire catalog “on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, in a limited edition box set” that you can probably, possibly, maybe-kinda afford. Fight the power!

Either way, though, all the jams are here (“Public Enemy No. 1,” “Bring the Noise,” “Fight the Power,” “Welcome to the Terrordome,” “911 Is a Joke,” etc.) on a total of nine heavy-ass 12-inch vinyl records, presumably enclosed in some sort of appropriately-violent looking box. The whole shebang includes Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987), It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988), Fear of a Black Planet (1990), Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black (1991), Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (1994) and He Got Game (1998); and will be released on April 15. Pre-order info seems scant at the moment, but TMT is a pretty big deal, so we probably just got the press release ahead of anyone else in the music biz. In the meantime, I suggest we all prepare by adding the word “terrordome” to the dictionaries of all the electronic devices we use.

Public Enemy 25th Anniversary Vinyl Collection:

01. Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)
02. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
03. Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
04. Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black (1991)
05. Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (1994)
06. He Got Game (1998)

• Public Enemy: http://www.myspace.com/publicenemyofficial
• Island/Def Jam: http://www.islanddefjam.com

Mexican Summer reissues three Lansing-Dreiden releases on crisp shiny new vinyl records

Lansing-Dreiden, the enigmatic early 2000s NY band and first result you get when typing “Lansing Dr–” into Google, (just above “Lansing drug bust” and “Lansing dry cleaners”! Congrats!) are getting their reissue on. The good people at Mexican Summer are dusting off three releases from the group, slapping ‘em onto wax, and garlanding them with “new unreleased material.” 2003’s self-released The Incomplete Triangle, 2004’s self-released EP A Sectioned Beam, and the 2006 Kemado LP The Dividing Island are all due for the Nerd Becomes Sexy Hot Girl High School Makeover treatment. Not that I’m calling anyone a nerd here. You’re all sexy hot high school girls in my book. Anyway, whatever. It all comes out on April 9 in the US and April 22 in the UK BECAUSE YOU JUST GOTTA WAIT, OK?

The sorely under-appreciated Lansing-Dreiden are a favorite of the similarly-veined Ariel Pink, Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear, and Lilys’ Kurt Heasley, who said, “The Incomplete Triangle was played in our house every day for over a year. It somehow made the war in Iraq more understandable.” Good times, right? The early 2000s. The Iraq War. Dick Cheney. Some things (like all of the above) shouldn’t be forgotten because they’re horrible. Some things (like Lansing-Dreiden) shouldn’t be forgotten because THEY’RE AWESOME.

And so hats off to you, Mexican Summer, for remastering these releases, doing the bonus material shuffle, and getting these thangs put on vinyl for the first time ever. You can check out the official single for The Incomplete Triangle, a little number called “Metal on a Gun” right here:

• Lansing-Dreiden: http://www.lansing-dreiden.com
• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com