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Kanye West’s new album set for June 18 release?

By Andrew Bailey; May 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM 

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Musically, how much stronger can this year get?

Just a bit ago, Kanye West revived his Twitter account to cryptically tweet out a date — June 18th — which instantly launched a barrage of speculation about a new album. And, well, it wouldn’t be the first time. But this time around, there seems to be significant merit.

As Pitchfork reported, hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson tweeted that Def Jam’s Chris Atlas had confirmed June 18th as the release date for West’s follow-up to 2010’s immaculate My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Of course, that report may have been erroneous itself, as Wilson has since tweeted:

So it would appear that, at least for the moment, we’re back to speculating, which at the very least can be a fun exercise. But in a year ripe with rumors about big name artists hitting the comeback trail (Daft Punk, Boards of Canada, Daft Punk), it would at least seem there are cosmic reasons to maintain that Kanye does indeed have a new record in the pipeline.

Baths says new album ‘is near’, announces dates opening for The Postal Service

By Ryan Stanley; February 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM 


According to a post on the anticon website, Los Angeles producer/songwriter Will Wiesenfeld has recently completed his second LP as Baths. The followup to 2010’s excellent Cerulean is currently in the mastering stages, which means, we’re guessing, that the album should get a release date in the first half of 2013. Not much more info than we already could’ve guessed, but exciting news nonetheless. Check back for the release details which will doubtlessly be leaking over the course of thee next couple weeks.

Baths also announced a slew of tour dates, including some, as he excitedly points out, opening for the Postal Service. Check out those dates below, and below that watch an awesome video from 2010 where Will breaks down his song “Plea”.

3/09 — Phoenix, AZ — The Crescent Ballroom *
3/10 — Tucson, AZ — Rialto Theatre *
3/11 — El Paso, TX — Tricky Falls *
3/12 — San Antonio, TX — White Rabbit *
3/13 — Austin, TX — SXSW
3/14 — Austin, TX — SXSW
3/15 — Austin, TX — SXSW
3/16 — Austin, TX — SXSW
4/9 — Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Theatre #
4/10 — Davis, CA — Mondavi Center #
4/12 — San Luis Obispo, CA — Madonna Expo Center #
5/24-5/27 — Sasquatch! Festival 2013, WA — The Gorge

* with Why?
# with The Postal Service

Rumor: Kanye West to release new album ‘Black American Psycho’ next month?

By Evan Kaloudis; September 19, 2012 at 4:26 PM 

UPDATE: This is fake. The website currently reads:

This website is in no way affiliated with Def Jam Records or Kanye West. The Black American Psycho title and the 10.23.2012 release date are fictitious. I apologise for misleading people, I did not expect the site to generate so much traffic and be taken seriously.

A new teaser website from Kanye West has popped up seemingly out of the blue. We’re still trying to verify its authenticity (the WHO-IS record says it’s registered to Def Jam but the email address listed leaves us skeptical), so don’t jump to conclusions quite yet. Admittedly we’re extremely excited by the prospect of a new Kanye West album release as soon as next month.

If it is indeed real my bet is that it’s a single intended for his next studio album. We still haven’t seen the Cruel Summer movie yet (look out for our review later this week) so it’s possible that this is a reworked version of that. Let’s see…

What do you think? Is this real, and if so what awaits us on October 23rd? Let us know in the comments below.

Who is Captain Murphy? Put together another piece of the puzzle with “Mighty Morphin Foreskin”

By Harrison Suits Baer; July 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM 

When a mysterious man named Captain Murphy popped up on the new Flying Lotus track the other day, many were scratching their heads. The mystery of Captain Murphy’s identity remains unsolved, but thanks to a tweet from FlyLo himself, we’ve gotten another piece of the puzzle. The cartoon-sampling jam is called “Mighty Morphin Foreskin” and you can hear it for yourself below.

It sounds like Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator rapping over each other and distorted like Madlib’s Quasimoto character. Let’s wait and see..

New Kanye West album coming this year?

By Chase McMullen; July 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM 

Kanye West can’t lift a finger without the media world taking notice, so his work on what will be his sixth studio LP has hardly been secret. Collaborators, both confirmed and rumored, include Justice, Diplo, LMFAO, James Blake, and M.I.A.. Essentially, word is that this will be a much more danceable affair, perhaps inspired by the raucous, and let’s be real, more simplistic energy of Watch the Throne.

Still, as producer No I.D. notes, it’d be foolhardy to bet against West. The beatsmith, who has long been a mentor to Ye, revealed that, despite the approach of West’s collective G.O.O.D. Music LP, his own album is hardly on the back burner, saying, “I’m not working on [Cruel Summer], I’m working on his album.” He went on, declaring, “This is Kanye. You know what to expect from the family. He hasn’t missed yet, so don’t expect him to miss. It’s what you expect and everything you don’t expect.”

Look out for the label collaborative effort, Cruel Summer, come August 7th, and stay tuned for more regarding Mr. West’s follow up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Jack White Confirms Radiohead Recording – but denies involvement

By Chase McMullen; July 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM 

Photo by Graeme Flegenheimer

Seeing Radiohead at Bonnaroo this year, I was caught off guard when Thom Yorke thanked Jack White, more or less, out of the blue. Many at the festival suggested it was because the two would perform together during Questlove’s Superjam, which was later on that weekend, featuring “very special mystery guests”, it seemed somewhat reasonable, I just doubted they’d be able to get Yorke to show for it. The big star of that event turned to be D’Angelo, so the mystery lived on.

Another popular suggestion was White was producing for the band, an odd thought. Well, he’s now come forward on the matter, with different news than some expected. White, speaking to BBC 6, said, “I don’t know how much to tell about it except I didn’t play with them or produce.” However, the singer did still have great news for Radiohead fans, adding, “But they came in and recorded at Third Man. I don’t know what else to be said about that, so that’s all I can probably say.” Third man is the studio used by White’s label, so there’s a connection there, but White insists there’s no other. Who knows if there’s more to the tale, but for now, the mystery will at least hit the back burner.

Kanye West & Pusha T set to release new G.O.O.D. Friday track

By Chase McMullen; June 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM 

It looks like Kanye West is set to drop his latest G.O.O.D. Friday track. His website has been adorned with the above artwork, and as you may recall, Pusha T has been fond of speaking of his ‘new god flow’ recently, so this track may well focus more on him than his labelmate and boss.

Furthermore, though you can never be quite sure with Mr. West, chances are this is from the approaching G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer. Chances are you can expect this to arrive Friday, but again, it’s Kanye. Who knows.

Rick Ross’ MMG holds press conference, reveal artist’s release dates & signing Omarion

By Chase McMullen; May 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM 

Just earlier this afternoon, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group held a press conference, revealing a wealth of information regarding the record label. A number of powerful figures in the music business were present, with CEO of Warner Bros. Music Lyor Cohen even speaking on Ross’ behalf, the first time he’d done so since introducing Roc-A-Fella nearly two decades ago.

Among the revelations, foremost was the slew of release dates officially unveiled. Ross’ own much hyped, but delay-plagued, God Forgives, I Don’t, was given a drop date of July 31st. Also revealed were the dates for MMG’s next collective effort, Self Made Vol. 2, releasing June 26th, co-Bad Boy handled French Montana’s Excuse My French on July 17th, and lastly, signee Meek Mill’s debut for the label, Dreams & Nightmares, coming August 28th. Ross discussed each record, declaring Vol. 2, “much better than the first,” and stating that a single for his own project would hit airwaves, “extremely soon.”

Last, but not least, it was officially announced that former B2K singer Omarion had joined up with MMG. The crooner declared, “A lot of people have been wondering, ‘what’s up with Omarion? Is his career over?’ I’ve never been a fan of popular opinion, but from now on, when you see me, understand that it’s Maybach Music.” Ross was quieter regarding rumored signings of artists such as Mase, Dom Kennedy, and Nipsey Hu$$le, simply saying he prefers to, “le[t] the rumors circulate”.

The xx reveal European tour dates

By Chase McMullen; May 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM 

Many have been wondering – for quite some time now – when The xx will roll around with their sophomore album. It appears that time may finally be upon us. Well, almost, at least. The restrained British indie rockers have announced a slew of shows throughout Europe, which, we can only hope, means they have an album to tease or promote. Also shared by the band, via their facebook, was the ambiguous image above. A sliver of the album cover, perhaps?

05-14 London, England – Electrowerkz
05-15 London, England – Chats Palace
05-18 London, England – Battersea Arts Centre
05-29 Bordeaux, France – Le Rocher De Palmer
05-30 Toulouse, France – Le Phare
05-31 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-08 Turin, Italy – Traffic Festival
06-09 Porto, Portugal – Primavera Sound
06-15 Aarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival
06-16 Hultsfred, Sweden – Hultsfred Festival
06-22 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-23 Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06-27 Haervic, Norway – Hove Festival
06-29 Arras, France – Main Square Festival
06-30 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07-07 Gdynia, Poland – Heineken Open’er Festival
07-14 Joensuu, Finland – Ilosaarirock Festival
08-09 Sibinek, Croatia – Terraneo Festival
08-10 Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08-11 St Pere, France – La Route du Rock
08-18 St Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency Festival
08-19 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08-31 Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-07 Isle of White, England – Bestival

Blur & Gorillaz may live on

By Chase McMullen; April 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM 

We previously reported that Damon Albarn had declared both Gorillaz and Blur dead, expressing his intentions to let both projects remain dormant. I bet against this, as did many, aware of Albarn’s potential for changing plans. In an interview with Metro, the singer’s already shedding doubt on his prior certainty, saying, “Some days I feel one way and other days I feel the other. If you don’t see something as a career but an important part of your life, you don’t know how you’re going to feel about it.”

He was more open about the future of Gorillaz, opening, “When Jamie [Hewlett] and I have worked out our differences, I’m sure we’ll make another record. … We’ve been through too much together for it to be that big of a mountain to climb. We’ve just fallen out like mates do sometimes. I’m not the only person to fall out with mates and then make up again– everyone does it.”

There you have it, reason to hold onto some hope for two great musical projects, not that there was really any reason to truly fear.