The cherished music catalog and online marketplace Discogs has announced its latest project, VinylHub, which aims to list information about every record store on Earth. This will be a much easier task than Discogs, of course, since record stores continue to be an endangered species and may only number in the thousands. Created for “diggers and travelers everywhere,” the new database helps reposition Discogs as an ally to record stores, rather than its main competition.
As of this writing, users have already uploaded info on 2,125 shops to VinylHub, and I was happy to learn that my day job — Bleecker Street Records in Greenwich Village — had already been added to the directory, along with details on legendary shops like Amoeba, Hardwax, Rubadub, and many others. Currently, the database allows members to enter a store description, address, phone number, hours of operation, a store URL, and a logo. There’s also an embedded Google Map that shows you exactly where the store is. Pretty basic, but it does the job. Anyone can sign up and contribute to the site, so if your favorite record store in the middle of nowhere still isn’t listed, you can create a page for it in a few minutes.
The most exciting aspect of VinylHub might be the “Explorer” page, which shows a map of the entire world and every record store documented so far. Right now, North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are covered in red Google pins. Angola, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan — not so much. But that’s sure to change in the coming months, as Discogs users hear about the new service, and then you can finally get directions to that goth metal shop in Oman that you keep hearing about.
• VinylHub: http://www.vinylhub.com
Usually reclusive and sporadic by nature, Scott Walker now seems to have decided to ditch that modus operandi since his excellent Bish Bosch from 2012, which had been preceded by a six-year silence since 2006’s The Drift. First he blew our minds by announcing a collaborative album with sunn O))) that will be available this month, and now comes the news that he’s scoring the film The Childhood of a Leader.
The Childhood of a Leader seems to be a pretty big, Hollywood kind of movie starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Brady Corbet. But rest assured, dark-minions-of-Scott-Walker, despite the high profile of the film, it’s a suitably “Scott Walker-esque” project, described as “a chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century” and quite probably a film adaptation of go-to existentialist Jean-Paul Satre’s short story of the same name. So yeah, it’s going to be bleak and creepy.
There’s not too much more information at the moment, the film has only recently begun filming so it’s presumably a while before you can hear/see the project, however, you can tide yourself over with this photo posted on Instagram by one of the staffers on The Childhood of a Leader, which announces Scott Walker’s involvement and shows the man himself sans glasses and cap (which is pretty rare in and of itself):
Scott Walker is composing the score for our next film "The Childhood of a Leader" and we could not be anymore thrilled. http:/m.screendaily.com/5078575.article
• Scott Walker: http://www.bishbosch.com
So Lee Noble has just announced a European tour and I’m about to gin up some fake gossip about it. Here’s how it went down: early last year Liz Harris was building up a tree house of her very own and she invited Lee Noble over to check it out because she figured since they both make music that sorta touches on that intersection between drone and folk they’d get right along. Boy was she wrong! Noble came in all reckless, knocking over 2x4s, spilling paint, and generally ticking off the carpenters that Harris had hired. He felt pretty bad about it, all things considered, so he put out the album Ruiner as a sort of apology last year, but Harris wasn’t hearing it. She fired back with fiery invectives, inviting him to make like a man in a boat and go die.
Of course, Noble, who might be a little clumsy but is generally a pretty stand-up guy, kept up his attempts at reconciliation, releasing Forming as a part of Bathetic’s 11 tape batch early this year (Forming as in: “Hey Liz, let’s get about forming a new relationship and maybe also forming a new deck for your totally sick tree house”) but Harris was having none of it, firing back yet again with the announcement of her Halloween-released Ruins (Harris: “You, Mr. Noble, are the ruiner to my ruins!”). At this point, I imagine Noble saw the writing on the wall and decided to get the heck out of dodge for a while, which brings us back to something that’s actually true: Noble is going on a European tour starting at the end of October. He’ll be out through mid-November, joined on a couple of dates by Noveller. Peep each and every one of them below!
10.30.14 - Nantes, France - Soy Festival
11.01.14 - Paris, France - Espace B
11.04.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Spion
11.05.14 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Koffie & Ambacht*
11.06.14 - Courtrai, Belgium - Cinepalace
11.07.14 - Den Haag, Netherlands - Rewire Festival
11.08.14 - Liege, Beligum - L’an Vert
11.09.14 - Ghent, Belgium - Kinky Star
11.10.14 - Mainz, Denmark - Walpodenakademie
11.11.14 - Jena, Denmark - Glasshaus
11.12.14 - Hamburg, Germany - West Work*
It’s hard not to imagine Wilco’s rehearsal space/studio “The Loft” having a bell that Jeff Tweedy rings every morning, following which the various members of the Chicago band file in Seven Dwarfs style, sticking a ticket into a punch card machine and then getting down to the business of writing Wilco tunes. The volume, diversity, and quality of Wilco’s output, as well as their practically yearly world tours, is such that it would be hard to argue against the fact that they are a band that means business.
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the band (and man didn’t that time just fly), Wilco have given us three reasons to remind ourselves of just what professionals they are:
1. They have lined up a six-night December residency at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Each night featuring a different set list that plucks gems from their entire back catalog.
2. A greatest hits compilation will be available on November 17 called What’s Your 20: Essential Tracks 1994 - 2014. To be honest, the 38-song tracklist is such that calling the songs “essential” is an understatement. They are all practically standards of modern American music.
3. For the Wilcophiles (this author included) who can never quench their thirst for Wilco recordings, the band have also compiled a four-disc box set of rarities called Alpha Mike Foxtrot for release on November 17. This mouth-watering collection goes beyond roping in the out-of-print collections like the (a href=”http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/8678-more-like-the-moon-ep/”>More Like the Moon EP and A Ghost Is Born Tour EP and includes demos from their earlier recordings, as well as Neil Young and Big Star covers and live collaborations with folks like Andrew Bird and Fleet Foxes. On top of that, you get essays and liner notes by the band and unseen photos. The vinyl of Alpha Mike Foxtrot will be limited to 7000 copies worldwide. I think I need to change my pants.
10.21.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.22.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.23.14 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
10.25.14 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art
10.28.14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
10.29.14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
12.03.14 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
12.05.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.06.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.11.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12.12.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
• Wilco: http://wilcoworld.net
Mykki Blanco expounds on Gay Dog Food, featuring Kathleen Hanna, Cities Aviv, and Gobby in the corner office
Don’t let the apparent absurdity of the name fool you: Mykki Blanco’s choice of “Gay Dog Food” is likely more a commentary on her aversion to labels than anything else. And how strong that aversion must be that she’s using the project, not as a springboard into scientific research on dog food as a potential aphrodisiac, but as an outlet for matured artistry. As she remarked herself with nary a hint of an ironic smile: “Gay Dog Food is just the start of where I hope to go creatively and commercially, this moment now is really the beginning.” And who are we to disagree, given that her debut LP isn’t set for release until some time next year? Consider all these international tours and stuff (and Fem Slick) just a precursor!
Meanwhile, Gay Dog Food will make its debut via UNO NYC on October 28. The inimitable Gobby is billed as an executive producer on the mixtape (supplementing less executive work from Sasha DZA and Supreme Cuts), while the riotous Kathleen Hanna actually has her very own chopped spoken word track, intimately titled “A Moment with Kathleen.” Per a press release, Hanna has been a huge musical influence on Blanco, and Gay Dog Food marks their very first time collaborating.
A new track? A new track:
Gay Dog Food tracklisting:
01. Runny Mascara
02. New Feelings
03. For the Homey’s
04. Baby’s Got Big Plans
05. Self Destruction
06. Fulani (feat. Ian Isiah)
07. A Minute with Cakes (feat. Cakes Da Killa)
08. Moshing in the Front (feat. Cities Aviv)
09. Something Special (feat. James K)
10. A Moment with Kathleen (feat. Kathleen Hanna)
11. Solange in the Elevator (feat. Katie Got Bandz)
12. Cyber Dog
13. Lukas (feat. No Bra)
14. GDF Interlude
Richard Dawson announces Nothing Important, out November 4, which is much more important than the title indicates
Today I heard a voice bellow forth from the hills. “Was that 10 men screaming all at once?” my traveling companion asked me, and all I could do was shake my head and smile. It was Richard Dawson. Last year Richard Dawson, on his LP The Glass Trunk, sucked up every bit of oxygen in my mid-sized red car and hollered so loud the ears of the guy next to me at the stoplight were ringing for a week. It was an album somehow exactly within the confines of folk music, and somehow exactly not, and was one of my absolute favorites of the year. Now he’s screaming down from the hills and tricking my gullible traveling companion and it can mean only one thing: he’s got another full-length coming out soon.
The album’s called Nothing Important and it’s out November 4 on Weird World. Where The Glass Trunk was this narratively expansive beast, alternating between a cappella story songs and fragmentary Jandek-like guitar pieces, Nothing Important (based on its tracklist alone) might be a bit more narrowly focused. Though, of course, the album’s title track, which is embedded below, is a 16-minute-long beast in its own right, and really I have no idea what I’m talking about. You can pre-order the album here. And listen, this is one of those situations where I’m going to be mad at you if you sleep on this, so take a caffeine pill and listen up.
Nothing Important tracklist:
02. Nothing Important
03. The Vile Stuff
SoundCloud is growing, and the world knows it. In August, we reported that the online music streaming service would be featuring ads for the first time, as well as adopting a tiered subscription service. SoundCloud US also recently announced the fancy news that they had a fancy new office on 5th Ave in NYC.
Well, it seems like all that “growth” has also led to some serious “loss”. As FACT reports, the company recently posted an £18.1m loss for the year of 2013 on revenues of £8.8m. In universal American dollars, that translates to an intake of $14.1 million (roughly, according to the internet), while suffering a loss of almost $30.2 million. This revenue is up 40% from 2012 (which saw SC raking in a sweet $12.8 million); however, their losses practically doubled too, up from $19.9 million in 2012. (Their negotiations with major labels aren’t making them any happier, either.)
Says thee mighty SoundCloud, “We are in a phase of growing SoundCloud into the market-leading platform for listening to, creating and sharing sound…This has necessitated investment in technology, headcount, and marketing.” Thanks for sharing!!
• SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com
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That’s the sound of the TMT siren. It only goes off at certain, special times. It’s going off now, because YYU has just released a new album, titled Room Music, on Beer on the Rug. You can hear and/or download that record at the Beer on the Rug Bandcamp page right now.
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It’s still going off.
Two L.A. jammers — Cameron Stallones a.k.a. Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras — have taken their underground cred and done what any easygoing, moderately successful musicians would do: go to Jamaicaaaa, mon. The two already collaborated with The Congos on Icon Give Thank, which they recorded while living in Portmore, Jamaica. Now, in a new partnership with the veteran Stones Throw label, Stallones and MGG have created an imprint that showcases underground talent from the Jamaican dancehall scene.
Duppy Gun Productions already has a few 12-inches to its name, but now that Stones Throw has thrown weight behind the imprint, Stallones and MGG have decided to release a proper compilation. First, Multiply was christened with beats from Matthewdavid, Aaron Coyes (Peaking Lights), Alex Gray (D/P/I), and Butchy Fuego (San Gabriel). Then, Duppy’s founders took a trip back to Jamaica with a portable recording setup to get vocal takes. Featuring I Jahbar, Bookfa, Early One, Lukan I, and other rising talent, the comp explores new breeds of cosmic dancehall, dub, and R&B. Multiply will see a vinyl release on November 18 and you can catch a video premiere for an album teaser over at the Chocolate Grinder or an audio embed for Early One & I Jahbar’s “Mad” off the album below; meanwhile, Diplo will be plotting his next move…
01. Galingo [I Jahbar, prod. by Genesis Hull]
02. Mad [Early One & I Jahbar, prod. by DJ Talus Glider]
03. Multiply [Dayone, prod. by Duppy Founders]
04. Earth [Early One, prod. by Duppy Founders]
05. Own Pattern [I Jahbar, prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
06. What Would You Say About Me [Fyah Flames, prod. by DJ Highwaistline]
07. No Tek 9 [Lukan I, prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
08. Flip Top Riddim [prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
09. Press Bookfa Press [Bookfa, prod. by Nice-A-Bunks]
10. Don’t Harass Me [Singin’ Crazy, prod. by Nice-A-Bunks]
11. Up Wit U Baby [Lukan I, prod. by Duppy Founders]
12. Rasta Life [Dayone, prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
13. Girls Dem Need Mi [G Sudden, prod. by Genesis Hull]
14. Spy [I Jahbar, prod. by Duppy Founders]
15. Juggle Man [Cerassietea, prod. by Nice-A-Bunks]
16. WAFTT RIDDIM [prod. by Big Flite & Velkro]
SoundCloud’s move toward being a viable commercial enterprise has, according to Digital Music News, hit a snag with the holy trinity of major labels: Universal, Sony, and Warner, apparently not happy to be receiving a smaller piece of the revenue pie they’re used to. Who would have guessed?
SoundCloud, who is currently running at a loss and is being propped up by venture capitalists, devised a grand plan to embed ads into tracks and share the revenue from that with the artists. However, the major labels are somewhat concerned about their ability to control their copyright (and ability to make money) on the platform, which allows users to upload their own tracks, including artists on major labels throwing up their own unreleased demo tracks and outtakes.
Most TMT readers would know SoundCloud as a great place for unsigned and left-of-center artists to find an audience, but the anarchy of the system that was created has been invaded by the commercial music empire of late. The results… at the moment look pretty devastating.