The MTV VMAs are a central part of the pop cultural zeitgeist, as is the surprise free album drop. As such, it was fair to assume that someone would deliver a top secret project to the masses. But it wasn’t Kanye West, Justin Bieber or Nicki Minaj treating their fans to a surprise on Sunday night. Instead, it was host Miley Cyrus. The long-expected release is called Miley & Her Dead Petz, and sees the performer working alongside the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, hip-hop producer/frequent collaborator Mike Will Made It, Big Sean, Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel and, perhaps most surprisingly,…
It was revealed last year that Bono’s ever-present sunglasses are worn because he suffers from glaucoma. Now, the U2 frontman has announced that he’s teamed-up with eyewear makers Revo to get glasses to the vision-impaired as part of a new worldwide campaign. A press release explains that the “Buy Vision, Give Sight” campaign has goals to “help prevent vision impairment and blindness in more than 5 million people by 2020.” Henceforward, $ 10 from every sale of Revo sunglasses will go towards providing various eyecare measures to “under-resourced communities around the world.” This…
For once, a promised Lil Wayne release date actually means something. The rapper recently mentioned that his Free Weezy Album would arrive on July 4, and just like that, it’s here. Of course, there’s a catch. Now simply called FWA, the album’s been released as a Tidal exclusive. To pick it up the proper, legal way, go here (non-Tidal users can also enjoy 30 second song samples at that link). For the rest of you, you’re on your own in this vast world wide web. FWA is 15 tracks long and features guest appearances from Jake Troth, Cory Gunz, Junior Reid, Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy,…
A$ AP Rocky’s long-awaited At.Long.Last.A$ AP will, at long last, finally arrive one week ahead of its scheduled release date. Though the album was initially scheduled to drop on June 2, A$ AP has opted to get the album to fans as $ oon as possible. As such, the release will now drop at midnight tonight (May 26). Rocky confirmed the news with the following tweet: OFFICIAL ALBUM RELASE IN STORES AND ONLINE @ MIDNIGHT TONIGHT , THANX FOR LISTENING , HOPE YALH ENJOYED . BLESS …. A$ VP X LIFE X RIP YAMS— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) May 26, 2015 This seems like…
Experimental hero Jim O’Rourke is releasing his album Simple Songs in a matter of days (May 19), but just in case that wasn’t already enough for fans to digest, he has rolled out another full-lenth. This one is a collaboration with PBK, and it’s available now. The album is called Unidentified Again, and it’s out through Pica Disc. It consists of four pieces of music split across two LPs, with each track clocking in at 17 minutes or longer. The music is jointly credited to O’Rourke and veteran sound-shaper Phillip B. Klingler, and it was made between 2014 and 2015. In a…
A few months ago Thom Yorke released his new solo album via a $ 6 BitTorrent Bundle. The album was downloaded over 4.4 million times and was the most-downloaded music BitTorrent Bundle of the year.
Both Thom Yorke and Radiohead are known for their experimental release methods. Now Yorke has chosen Bandcamp as his next release platform.
Yorke has released both a new song and the album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, on his Bandcamp page. The song, “Youwouldn’tlikemewhenI’mangry” is available at ‘name-your-price’. Fans can get the track for any amount they choose, including $ 0.
The album is available both digitally and on vinyl. Fans can pay $ 6 or more for the digital version, or a fixed price of $ 46.64 for the vinyl version. The vinyl version includes a digital download.
All purchases allow fans to stream the music on the Bandcamp app, but the music can also be streamed on the web for free.
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Jack White has a well-documented obsession with the number three, even going so far as to add a “III” to his name. Now, the inventive garage rock mogul has released his own app called Jack White: THIRD-D. The app has rather specific compatibility requirements to use properly, since an announcement notes that it works only with recent Android phones (five-inch or six-inch) using a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset. Without the headset, it works in regular 2D, or it’s possible to make your own Cardboard-style headset. Meanwhile, iOS users are out of luck. If you use the…Read More
FACT has posted an interview with Skream, a highly respected producer (and DJ) who has been at it since the early 2000s. Skream was originally known for being a defining figure in dubstep (the U.K. kind, not the U.S. version), but has since moved into disco, house, and techno.
FACT: You’re helping other artists on their albums at the moment. Do you think albums are becoming an outdated concept?
Skream: “…Albums are becoming outdated, but its more because of the pressures. We associate an album with ‘a band does an album’, whereas that thing Riton did was to say ‘this ain’t an album, it’s a mixtape.’ It seemed like it took all the pressure off. I think albums are important. Look, there’s a million-and-one singles released every day through things like SoundCloud, where you can have a record out as soon as you put a new tune up.
You end up with this entire fucking thing where it’s hard to release a single, because it’s so easy to hear music. I post something on SoundCloud; next day, it has a thousand-and-one reviews on it, but it’s like… you just put it up. It’s not necessarily a single, it’s just something you want everyone to hear.
Albums are important. It depends on what you’re doing, but I think they are important because it leaves some sort of structure, rather than people just putting out tunes.
I think it makes people think they are working as well. Like you are doing something – it gives you a purpose. I think people get excited about albums. As long as people still get excited about buying albums – or downloading albums I guess – it gives it purpose. Whereas, I dunno, I suppose it depends which way you’re coming from – but I definitely think albums are still very relevant to music buyers – and the people making music too.“
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Capitalizing on the attack of this year’s impressive and oppressive debut offering, Nothing for Us Here, Salt Lake City grind unit Cult Leader have announced that another pair of releases are due in 2015. News of the upcoming records came through the band’s Facebook page, with a group statement explaining that they’ll be hitting a recording studio next month with Andy Patterson (DJ Shadow, Gaza) to produce a 7-inch for Deathwish Inc.. Details on the tracks have yet to be revealed, as well as the due date. The act also reported that they’ll be heading to Salem, MA’s GodCity Studio…Read More
HD360 is a new app-based release platform for iOS devices. The company recently released their first app, an audiovisual version of Bernhoft‘s album Islander.
The purpose of the app is to bring the feeling of physical packaging to modern technology. Bernhoft says:
“…I’ve come from the world of vinyl, to CDs, to file sharing, to streaming and then back to a vinyl focus… What we wanted to do with the app was to bring all this together and get the feeling of a gatefold sleeve into the digital world.”
The price of the app is a steep $ 19.99. Those who want “the feeling of a gatefold sleeve” might be better off spending that money on vinyl. Regardless, the app has some forward-thinking features.
The Islander app has48k 24bit HD album tracks. It also has 11 videos, stories, images, photos, a merch store, social media feeds, a loop station, and a mixing console.
The 360 degree video is pretty cool. It features a panoramic view of five Bernhofts playing the song “Come Around With Me”.
The studio feature has a digital eight track mixing console of the song “Come Around With Me”. Users can change the volume, panning, and reverb of the vocals and instruments. There’s also an empty track so users can record their own audio, adding it to the song.
The looping station breaks the song “Wind You Up” into various parts. Users can create their own version of the song by triggering the loops.
The app may be expensive, but it’s incredibly fun to use and is well designed. This is a good investment for Bernhoft fans, but casual listeners probably won’t be willing to spend $ 20 on an app.
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