Take it from the man himself: Young Thug’s “got a hundred thangs to do,” and releasing copious amounts of music is clearly on the agenda. Fresh off the back of Barter 6 — one of the best damn things to drop this year, btw — and that leak of assorted Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and Rich Gang offcuts/unreleased tracks, Thugger took to the ‘Gram to announce not only a new collaborative tape with top-rate producer London on da Track called Slime Season, but also its release date: July 4.
Thug and London is a fairly renowned partnership at this stage, producing the likes of “Lifestyle,” “Check,” “Numbers,” “With That,” and more. The prospect of a Young Thug tape helmed solely by London on da Track is a fairly salivating one and should certainly tide us over until both Metro Thuggin and Hy!£UN35 see the light of day. Until then, there’s always B6, the unreleased tracks, and years worth of mixtapes prior to that; we’re hardly short of Thugger, and we’re all the better for it.
Catch “Check” down lo’:
Kevin Gates announces “I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) Part 2” tour, takes power nap in the form of a single blink of his eyes
Kevin Gates does not get tired. He’s very, very insistent about this. He doesn’t sleep, he doesn’t rest, he spends his time working six jobs. Me, I get about 11 hours of sleep a night, work one semi-full-time job, and am constantly exhausted. Different strokes.
But us weaklings, we can live vicariously through Kevin Gates. The Baton Rouge-based rapper has announced the “I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) Part 2” tour, because if you don’t get tired and you’ve already done an “I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) Part 1” tour, might as well fill that time with a second. Starting July 21 in Des Moines, Gates will go for roughly two weeks looping through the eastern United States, ending up in Little Rock on August 6. Then he’ll return to his five other jobs. Me, I’ll probably be sleeping my Saturday away. #IGT.
Kevin Gates dates:
07.21.15 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
07.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Fire Line
07.24.15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
07.25.15 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
07.26.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
07.29.15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
07.30.15 - Richmond, VA - National
07.31.15 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
08.01.15 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy’s
08.02.15 - Augusta, GA - The Entertainment Complex
08.04.15 - Huntsville, AL - Club 47
08.05.15 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood
08.06.15 - Little Rock, AR - Power Ultra Lounge
• Kevin Gates: www.kvngates.com
Blondes emerge from intense studio seclusion bearing sound collage Rein, announce Persuasion EP on RVNG Intl.
Forget everything you thought you knew about trance-inducing (but not trance-conforming) electronic music; while in most cases you would expect a casual mental drift in which you momentarily forget your surroundings, the first two albums from Brooklyn-based duo Blondes (Zach Steinman and Sam Haar) have the unique quality of ripping an extremely particular hole in the space-time continuum, such that the Oberlin grads are conveying a talent as if it’s 20 years into the future, and they’re fucking present-day Orbital or something! To be sure, the brunettes of Blondes have been independently at the musical it for a while now, but as a duo, their debut album (fully streamable, btw) came out a mere three years ago. It’s like we’ve known them forever. Don’t ignore my Christmas party e-vites, guys.
Oh, word? They and RVNG Intl. are instead delivering us presents in the middle of summer? Click play below to listen to the entirety of their new Rein “sound collage,” which was recorded during a “weekend studio binge,” which is also available on cassette and prefaces their more formal Persuasion EP, set for release August 7. Artist comparisons are a convenient thing almost regardless of the journalistic context, but I’m thinking Donato Dozzy might have a pair of unclaimed musical siblings with whom he would enjoy a platonic Venetian vacation.
Would you have guessed less than 48 hours work?
From The New York Times:
Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89. […]
Petite Noir is lush, sultry magic. The stage name of half-Congolese, half-Angolan, 100% swoonworthy artist Yannick Ilunga, Petite Noir has been making waves already this year with his EP The King of Anxiety and early singles “Disappear” and “Till We Ghosts.” This fall, Domino imprint Double Six will release his first full-length, La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful, on September 11.
The album was recorded in London with fellow Domino artist Oli Bayston, who has worked with Lily Allen, Lianne La Havas, and several other illustrious musician types. The sound has elements of dance-punk, Afrobeat, and the type of late-night, vaguely-melancholic R&B that has been creepin’ up from the underground lately. Call it noirwave, if you want.
01. Intro Noirwave
04. Seventeen (Stay)
05. Just Breathe
06. La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful
Not to get all existential up in here, but life is the ultimate mixtape, isn’t it? Every day, we encounter tons of raw material — sounds, feelings, situations, people — and get to decide how to mash it all together to make a coherent piece of work, one that feels like us. The great thing about a good mixtape is it’s both reflective and creative. You take in and put out, listen and play, suck and blow, imbibe others’ sounds and vomit them up in new ways. Should you put that Max Richter dreamscape right next to The Wu-Tang’s “Ruckus in B Minor”? Or will your intent be better expressed through some Errol Garner, a 90s throwback, and Sam Smith? It’s a creative process.
Such is life. Humans are creative beasts, constantly taking in new sounds and spitting them back out as their own. It is known, Khaleesi. The thing that defines you is choosing the sounds that uniquely express who you are.
This week, we launched Soundfly, a different sort of music school. We’re out to help people unlock, stretch, and push their creativity through music. We want to support you in starting the next great band, writing the next kick-ass song, picking up a new favorite instrument, or anything else that’ll help make your personal mixtape a little more interesting. We currently have courses on songwriting, touring, piano playing, reading music, improvising, band leadership, and, pretty soon, composition, arrangement and more. Or you can browse our online magazine for tips, features, and interviews with musicians.
We hope to be the primordial sludge to your swamp monster (if that’s what you’re going for). Or the mosh pit for your stage dive. Music in some form or another has accompanied our ancestors for 50,000+ years. Woolly Mammoth charging? Bang a drum. Dumped by your boyfriend/girlfriend? Wallow in some Bon Iver. Is the sky aglow with the rockets’ red glare? Write an anthem. Train car hopping in Montana? Ain’t no better companion than a six string.
If life is a mixtape, what are you going to include on yours? Let us help you make that mixtape a little sweeter.
• Soundfly: https://soundfly.com
Well, on a federal level, you can be sure that idiocy and political brinkmanship will act as moving barriers against anything substantial being done for the American worker any time within the next millennium. Luckily, our system of government and our quasi-free market allegiance mean that not just local governments, but also super cool and legendary companies like Moog can more or less do its part to make Congress look like the ineffectual catheter-wearers that they are. The late Bob Moog would be proud; who would’ve guessed that the Asheville, NC-based synth manufacturer would be flourishing to the point of formal and rampant employee love… in 2015?!
First reported by The New York Times, Moog CEO Michael Adams has just announced the implementation of an employee stock ownership plan, which means that 60 of Moog’s 61 full-time employees (excluding Adams’s son) effectively own 49% of the company, opposite Michael’s 51%. Upon each employee’s retirement, they can “cash out the shares they accumulated over the course of their employment” at no cost to the employees themselves, initially or ever.
None of this would have been possible were it not for Moog’s recent financial success (following a near-shuttering at the beginning of the 2000s), demonstrated by an average revenue growth of 18% over the past 12 years. It ain’t just Daniel Lopatin, it seems.
• Moog: http://www.moogmusic.com
You can call Widowspeak a dreampop band, sure, but they’re the dreampop of dusty rural American backroads, of towns with shuttered main streets and transitory carnivals that pop up in open fields, only to disappear days later and head on along down the old highway. After two releases in 2013 and a move for the Catskills/Hudson Valley region, the core duo of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas are back now with All Yours, a new album for Captured Tracks set to drop September 4.
Molly went back to school. Rob got a job at a hotel. They got a house where they could play music. They got a dog. They tried to fix up the ol’ property, but wacky mishaps and nosy neighbors just kept gettin’ in their goshdarn way. OK, that might be a plot device from several 80s movies leaking in. That maybe didn’t happen. But they did make a new album with the help of producer Jarvis Taveniere, who worked with them on their 2011 self-titled debut. The fine people of Quilt also pop up on the release, making everything more harmonious and shit. And now they want to share it with you!
Check out both their new track “Girl” and summer US tour dates below.
06.30.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl**
07.03.15 - Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Social Club Theater
07.05.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
07.06.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.09.15 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater***
07.10.15 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s***
07.11.15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre****
07.12.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater***
07.14.15 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom***
07.15.15 - Little Rock - Revolution Music Room***
07.16.15 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall***
07.17.15 - Nashville, TN - The Basement***
07.18.15 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater Roof
07.20.15 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse***
07.21.15 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theater***
07.22.15 - Columbia, SC - The Music Farm***
07.23.15 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
07.24.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues***
07.31.15 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre***
08.01.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
* Jessica Pratt
** Small Black
*** Lord Huron
01. All Yours
03. Dead Love (So Still)
06. Borrowed World
07. Cosmically Aligned
08. My Baby’s Gonna Carry On
09. Coke Bottle Green
Apple Music finally agrees to pay artists and labels during free trial period (presumably because TMT had mockingly replaced the “s” in its logo with a dollar sign)
Apple Music has finally conceded to pay artists and labels during their free three-month trial period. Not because it’s “the right thing to do” or because the independents complained or because TMT had mockingly replaced the “s” in “Apple Music” with a dollar sign, but because Taylor Swift “eviscerated” the company in an open letter that was published not 24 hours ago.
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” wrote Swift during the evisceration process. “Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Apple’s apparent change of heart broke when Apple VP Eddy Cue — who never thought he’d be “at a hockey game outside in the Bay Area” and has an incredibly small Twitter profile image — took to Twitter to make the announcement:
— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period
— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple
— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
Oh shit, he said “and indie artists”! Never mind, Apple Music does care. NICE.
Content warning: The following post will likely sound a great deal like a podcast that your roommate who really wants an Apple Watch would listen to.
So, SoundCloud. Even you jokers who think WWDC must somehow stand for “Why would DYNOOO care?” and who don’t know API from D/P/I know about SoundCloud. It’s that little orange lookin’ dealy that we use to embed tracks at the end of news and Choco posts right here on Tiny Mix Tapes. Well, in addition to being in the news lately for losing the entire Sony catalog and making deals with 20,000 independent labels, the company announced on Tuesday that, starting July 1, it’ll start imposing rate limits on developer API play requests at 15,000 per 24-hour period. Pretty much what this means is that the number of times a track can play through a third-party app will cap out at 15,000 times each day. What’s causing a bit of uproar is the fact that it’s still not quite clear if this limit is going to be per app or per track.
In closing, check out the SoundCloud player I embedded below, containing a recent TMT guest mix from N1L, because it’s a tech thing I can do that involves code and because it’s relevant.
• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com