This news should be about a new Madvillain LP. It also should be about an entirely new LP from Madlib on Stones Throw. And whatever happened to that fucking MF DOOM/Ghostface collaboration? Okay, so maybe these little nuggets ain't quite ready yet, but there is quite a bit of related material rolling out. Ready? Let's go:
- Madvillainy 2: The Box: This is a beast. Not only does it feature Madvillainy “2” The Madlib Remix, a 25-track remix CD that Madlib made on a 10-hour plane ride to Tokyo, but it also contains the "One Beer (Drunk Version)" 7-inch, a 12-track demo tape on cassette, a Madvillain t-shirt, and a comic book called Meanwhile... (the sequel to the All Caps video on the CD). All of this is housed in a 12x13x13 inch box, "wrapped in a silver like a mask," according to Stones Throw. You can pre-order the box until August 15 for $124.99 (plus shipping) here. Too expensive for you? Luckily, you can also purchase the remix album as MP3s for $9.99.
- Madlib's Remixes 2: Saturday Morning Edition and WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip: The first release is Madlib Remixes 2: Saturday Morning Edition, a collection of remixes "made entirely of samples from early 80s funk and disco," released by France's Le Smoke Disque. The second is WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip, Madlib's contribution to BBE's Beat Generation series, which has in the past included works from Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, will.i.am, J Dilla, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. It's set for release on September 9 via Rapster/BBE.
- Dilla Ghost Doom's "Sniperlite" 12-inch: Okay, enough typing. Here's what Stones Throw had to say about this one: "In late 2005 Ghostface Killa and MF DOOM were both recording over tracks from J Dilla's instrumental opus, Donuts, which saw release the following February. Some of these were released on Ghostface's Fishscale in 2006, while others, including a Dilla-Doom project, were postponed indefinitely after J Dilla's passing. Two of these tracks, ‘Sniper Elite’ and ‘Murder Goons,’ are presented here for the first time. The two are taken from two sequential songs off Donuts, meant to mix together. We are presenting the two songs unmixed, plus the two mixed together as a bonus track."
Soooooooo... what about a new Madvillain album? According to Stones Throw, "Every once in a while we hear from DOOM, and he tells us he’s getting closer. Madlib still sends him beat CDs." Ugh. C'mon DOOM! What do you want? Some private cheerleading??? Actually, that'd be pretty cool. Give me a ring.
WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip tracklist:
Deerhoof Releases First Single from New LP as a Score, Intended for Every Good Boy Who Deserves Fudge
Grab your keytars and get crackin’, people -- Deerhoof have a new single coming your way! Ever the clever cookies, the band has left you, the consumer, with the task of recording their latest dittie, “Fresh Born,” from their upcoming album Offend Maggie (TMT News), based on the sheet music the foursome has provided.
In an effort to prevent any track leaks (and to do something really cool), Deerhoof wants you to download the tune’s sheet music here, record your own version, post it on your blog or website, then post the link back here at the same place you got it. Deerhoof plans on releasing their own version soon, but first they want to see all your smiling MP3s up on that website!
Deerhoof sent their fans to work on the song at the band’s recent show at New York City’s Prospect Park, but unless you speak fluent toy piano or ukulele, it’s hard to identify what the song sounds like just yet. All the more reason for you to do it yourself, ya bum! Let’s hope that these past few years of pot smoking and American Gladiators hasn’t destroyed all memory of your childhood piano lessons.
Offend Maggie drops October 7 from Kill Rock Stars. Here are a couple of dates to hold you over until then:
07.27.08 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Bowl
08.31.08 – Vancouver, BC – The Malkin Bowl
Are you going to check out Liz Phair?
“Fuck and Run,” “Flower,” and “Gunshy”
are some songs that she might play there.
She will play Exile three more times.
Have her sing like it’s ’93.
Husky-low for “Stratford-On-Guy.”
There she’ll play Exile three more times.
She sold out four shows back in June
and sold out with track “Why Can’t I?”
Fifteen years have passed since she bloomed.
Now she’ll play Exile three more times.
Artists are spoiled nowadays. No, I'm not talking about "artists" like Vampire Weekend (side note: I hope they die). I'm talking about artists like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and Girl Talk. They think they can do whatever the hell the want, with little-to-no regard for the perfectly fine, finely tuned, tunely perfected, perfectly-pitched, pitchfork media music distribution template.
Add Paul Westerberg, former Replacements dude, to the list of spoilers. Last Monday, the guy completed a new album called 49:00, delivered it to his manager the next day, and by the weekend, the entire album was selling for a measly 49Â¢ on Amazon, apparently the only digital retailer willing to sell the album for that price. Keep in mind, this is coming from an artist who doesn't own a computer and whose official website is a members.aol page.
We're on to you Mr. Westerberg. You and your kind are trying to shake up this capitalism-driven distribution system, but we aren't having a bite of it. What you're promoting is borderline communism, my friend -- do you really think you can get away with this?
Ani DiFranco To Release 20th Album, Napolitano Cites Concerns: Economy, Inability for ’90s Feminists to Experience Love
(New York – TMT) Feminist musician Ani DiFranco is set to release her 20th album, Red Letter Year, via her label, Righteous Babe, September 30. Though the album is apparently her “cheeriest, funkiest and most collaborative to date,” partner and producer Mike Napolitano addressed some concerns over Red Letter Year’s ability to engage listeners in a private interview yesterday.
Napolitano said label insiders cite United States economic downturn as affecting Birkenstock, oft-cited as an unofficial political hub for DiFranco – a circumstance which could negatively influence how the album is received.
“People can’t even afford Birkenstocks. This means they certainly won’t be in a position to accept Ani’s politics. See, liberalism is a learned thing, though Ani is afraid to admit that in some sense a corporation cultures her fanbase,” he said.
Additionally, Napolitano says the low childbirth rate of DiFranco’s former ’90s “free spirits” could distance longtime fans from the discussion of her loving a child in tracks like “Present/Infant,” something he says could cause a crucial rift between songstress and listeners.
“Frankly, I’m worried,” he said, adding that for this reason he urged DiFranco to include “Alla This,” a seemingly anti-government track.
“Plus, I made her start shaving. The fans don’t know that. Hey, don’t print that, though,” he added.
Brian Wilson Refunds Disappointed Fans After NYC Charity Benefit Fails to Make Them Feel Better About Themselves, Preps New Album
Following a series of complaints from disgruntled fans, Brian Wilson and Melinda Wilson (whom some press sources insist on calling his "manager-wife") will be refunding attendees of a July 11 show at which Wilson played for an allegedly scant 75 minutes. The show, a charity benefit for NYC-based non-profit Stand Up For a Cure, took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Fans who attended the show complained that their pricey seats offered poor visibility, that Wilson's band was too small, that the set was too short, and that Wilson did not play enough solo or Beach Boys rarities.
In response to these complaints, Melinda Wilson posted on her husband's official website to offer Brian's apologies and to announce that fans who wanted a refund from the July 11 concert could send their ticket stubs to Wilson's publicist and receive their money back. Explaining the decision, she said that Brian is "really sensitive to all of your feelings and doesn't want to offend anyone. He wanted to make this offer to keep everyone cool."
Wilson has a handful of U.S. tourdates currently scheduled for the rest of 2008. He also plans to release a new album, That Lucky Old Sun, September 2. The album was written in collaboration with Van Dyke Parks, who also worked with Wilson on Smile.
Khia "K-Swift" Edgerton, one of the city's most popular radio DJs and performers, died early Monday morning after a pool accident at her home. She was 29. The cause of death was unclear, but an autopsy was planned. [...]
Edgerton, known as the "Club Queen," introduced a younger generation to Baltimore's club scene and helped breathe new life into an aging genre. Born in Baltimore, she started working at WERQ-FM 92.3 10 years ago as a mixer and worked her way up the ranks.
A Place To Bury Strangers and Sian Alice Group Tour Together, Discover Their Love Of Board Games While Hanging Out On A Submarine In The Middle Of The Atlantic Ocean
When two bands are selected by their respective booking agencies to tour with one another, it’s best that they spend several days getting to know each other before jumping on the road together. In the case of A Place To Bury Strangers and Sian Alice Group’s upcoming fall tour, the two groups, in an effort to acquaint themselves with one another, decided to meet up halfway between their hometowns. Since APTBS hail from Brooklyn and Sian Alice Group are from England, it was only natural that the members would find themselves hanging out inside a giant submarine in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Turns out, a submarine isn’t the most exciting place in the world, so both bands decided to play some board games to get to know one another. Here's a quick recap: APTBS won the first two games of Parcheesi, but lost the third after vocalist/guitarist, Olivier Ackermann, was caught cheating. Sian Alice Group ruled at Apples To Apples, but were sore losers when it came to Monopoly. But at the end of the day, each group was happy about their tour together and eagerly awaiting another chance to win at Scrabble in the fall.
Rock and Roll and Scrabble Tiles:
We at TMT realize that you may not have had time to catch up on the flurry of Dave Berman/Silver Jews interviews that have surged online in the wake of the band’s latest release, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (TMT Review). It’s all a bit overwhelming – dangling the formerly reclusive songwriter before ravenous music journalists is a lot like dangling a fifth of Wild Turkey, a syringe of smack, and a Ziploc of assorted prescription drugs in front of a recovered addict. Don’t worry; none of the interviewers bring that analogy up. At least I don’t this so.
Most of them go pretty easy on the ol’ softie about the new album too.
Alphabetized Interview Survey
- Aquarium Drunkard
- The AV Club
- Beat Route
- Coke Machine Glow
- Ear Farm
- Junk Media
- Largehearted Boy (Cassie Berman interview)
- New York Magazine
- Paste Magazine
- Pitchfork Media
- Pop Matters
- Prefix Mag
- Said the Gramophone
- Tiny Mix Tapes
- The Village Voice (plus a feature)
- The Washington Post (in audio form)
And just in case anything else pops up, here’s a Silver Jews Interview Google News Feed.
Ratatat Release New Album, Enter Billboard Chart for First Time, Tour the U.S., Clean-Up Street Crime
Ratatat have come a long way since the release of their first record, and this summer is shaping up to be their grandest peak yet. Having already released their third album, the plaintively titled LP3 (TMT Review), to generally favorable reviews across the board, the boys are now looking to get noticed on a wider scale. It doesn't hurt that their hard work is now being validated by their induction into the” Cool-Kids-Only” Cool-Club of the Billboard Top 200 chart. While most young bands may be happy to just appear on the list, Ratatat have entered the sales race at a satisfying #82. They also appeared as the #2 Electronic album, #4 Indie album, and #15 on the Digital chart.
In an effort to cater to this new and ever growing fanbase, Ratatat have announced a nice, little summer tour to satiate their fans' desires to dance.
Finally and easily the best news: Ratatat have vowed to use their chic, quasi-electronic music to fully eradicate street crime from all the cities on their tour itinerary. They plan to offer a revolutionary “Move Your Feet, Don’t Hurt Your Street” motivational tactic to turn all current and potential criminals into loyal members of their audience and street team.