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Odd Future

Tyler, the Creator is throwing his annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival at The Park @ LA Coliseum on November 14 this year. Despite saying over the summer that Odd Future wouldn't be performing as a group anymore, OFWGKTA is billed for this. The lineup also includes Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Daz Dillinger and Kurupt), A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Atmosphere, YG, Trash Talk, Jhene Aiko, The Inernet, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Flosstradamus, TOKiMONSTA and more. Tickets go on sale today (9/15) at noon PST.

Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown will also soon be on tour together with Vince Staples, and The Internet are touring too.

Tyler at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator is playing the annual Odd Future-presented Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in LA this November (duh) with Pharrell, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Cherry Glazerr and others, and after that he'll go on a headlining tour with fellow Odd Future member Taco. The tour includes NY/NJ shows happening December 20 at Starland Ballroom and December 21 at Terminal 5. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at 3 PM and noon, respectively.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tyler, the Creator touring, playing T5 & Starland (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Hodgy Beats

We already got a new Tyler, the Creator album this year, we're supposedly getting one from Earl Sweatshirt too, and now another Odd Future (and MellowHype) member Hodgy Beats will be releasing a new EP, Untitled 2, this weekend (6/1). He just revealed the first taste of that EP, "Years," a darker track than he's been known for with some clever rhymes that sound more Black Hippy/A$AP Mob than the typical OFWGKTA style. Check it out below.

As mentioned, the full Odd Future crew will be in NYC for a big outdoor show on July 20 at Williamsburg Park with support from Meek Mill. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Hodgy Beats releasing a new EP this weekend (stream a track)"

by Andrew Sacher

cigarettes on cigarettes, my mama think I stank
Chance the Rapper

As mentioned, Chance the Rapper, whose solid Acid Rap mixtape is out now and free, will be coming to NYC during the Northside Festival. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that his show will happen on June 15 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. The rest of the lineup is TBA.

As mentioned, you can also see Chance in the NYC-area this July opening for Mac Miller if you're into that sort of thing.

Mac is also featured on "Guild," the new track from another of his tourmates, Earl Sweatshirt, which you can stream below (via Fader). The track is set to appear on Earl's upcoming album, Doris, which still has no release date.

Updated Chance the Rapper dates are listed, along with a stream of his mixtape and the Earl song, below...

Continue reading "Chance the Rapper Northside show announced (tix on sale); Earl Sweatshirt has a new song (listen)"

Tyler, the Creator @ MHOW, March 2013(more by Jason Bergman)
Tyler the Creator

Earl Sweatshirt, who is about to link up with the touring Tyler, the Creator for some Earl Wolf shows in Texas, just played the Downtown Music Festival in NYC over the weekend. And now Odd Future have announced they'll all return to NYC to play a big Brooklyn show at Williamsburg Park on July 20. It's with Meek Mill and doubles as Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show. Tickets for that show go on venue presale on Thursday (5/14) at 10 AM with the regular on-sale happening Friday (5/10).

The Brooklyn show comes right before Meek Mill starts touring with Mac Miller and friends, a tour that also includes Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet on some dates.

Meanwhile, Tyler, the Creator is dealing with the controversy around one of the online Mountain Dew ads he helped create along with other members of Odd Future. The online video, one of three, was pulled after Syracuse University professor and social analyst Dr. Boyce Watkins called the spot "arguably the most racist commercial in history." Watkins has since mellowed, saying via Twitter "Studied your music, I have an altered perspective. Still could do without the ad, but I think you were well-intended. #respect." Tyler then spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the ad:

It was just a goat who liked Mountain Dew. He wanted more. The waitress lady got hurt. He got pulled over by the cops, and the lady points out the goat [in the lineup], who obviously attacked her because of the Mountain Dew. And that's it.

I guess people are claiming that it's racist, which ... you know, that wasn't even portrayed in that commercial. There's no type of hate being portrayed in that work of art at all -- which I'm confused by. But this older black dude, Dr. Boyce Watkins, I guess he found it racist because I was portraying stereotypes, which is ridiculous because, one, all of those dudes [in the lineup] are my friends. Two, they're all basically in their own clothes. It was originally supposed to be just two dudes, but Garrett from Trash Talk came with his friend and other people had showed up, so I just put all of them in that lineup, if you really wanna know the truth. Three, no [commenters] saw that commercial and said, "This is racist." Everyone either said, "Wow, this is ridiculous. It's a goat talking," or they said, "Wow, this is the dumbest. Why would they even make this?" So for [Watkins] to nitpick and notice that, clearly shows his state of mind is on some other shit that I can't comprehend, for him to actually sit there and for him to notice that it's all blacks [in the lineup]. That wasn't my intention.

Tyler may or may not have another online Mountain Dew ad coming. "Defer that question to Mountain Dew," said Tyler to THR.

Tyler was recently in NYC for a live chat with Elliot Wilson at Highline Ballroom. Watch that in four parts below...

Continue reading "Odd Future playing Williamsburg Park with Meek Mill, still debating controversial Mountain Dew ads +++ watch that live Tyler the Creator interview"

by Andrew Sacher

Black Hippy at Downtown Music Festival in NYC (via @me_acosta)
Black Hippy

The Downtown Music Festival, which is coming to multiple North American cities this year, kicked off its first one in NYC on Friday (5/10) across various LES venues.

The biggest highlight of the artists I saw was the Black Hippy crew, who went on at Capitale at around 1:30 AM. All four guys, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock, came out together for a few posse cuts to start the show, and then Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick each did their own mini-sets to follow that. They had a ton of fun with it, focusing on crowd pleasers, and taking it a little less seriously than when the members play their own gigs (in a good way). We've seen them make appearances at each other's shows, but getting a chance to see each rapper in the group sampling their own stuff and no one member taking the limelight over another is an entirely different appeal. It showed how diverse each rapper really is (Kendrick has the introspective songs, Q has the party bangers, and Ab-Soul has the tripped out ones -- and PS, we want to hear more from Jay Rock!), and like I said, it was a super fun show.

Houston rapper Fat Tony opened that show with a solid set, which he used much of to promote his new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, which comes out June 11 via Young One. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream that album's single, "Hood Party," which features Kool A.D. and Despot, below. Tony will be back in NYC for the free 4Knots Music Festival in June.

Earl Sweatshirt at Downtown Music Festival in NYC (via Liz Una Kim)
Earl Sweatshirt

Another standout of the festival for me was Earl Sweatshirt, who played Element at around 11 PM with Syd tha Kyd as his DJ. Odd Future supporters have turned on the group a bit (or at least the way it was when Tyler and Hodgy Beats were basically running it) and Tyler's so-so new album Wolf didn't help that, but Earl's been hailed as something of a saving grace for the group. It's obviously too soon to tell if Earl's gonna pull it off (though his recent singles have been promising), but whether intentionally or not, his show on Friday worked by being good for very different reasons than the ones that initially gained Odd Future attention. He didn't talk much between songs, didn't have any "punk" stage antics of a large group of hypemen, and OF's shock-factor-turned-predictable-offensiveness was almost never to be found. Instead, Earl focused on classic-style rhymes and proving himself as an adept emcee. There's still no release date for his upcoming album, Doris, but once it does come out, it should be pretty interesting to see where he goes with it.

More Downtown Music Fest coverage to come. Meanwhile, a video of Earl playing a new song at Element, Kendrick playing "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" at Capitale, and that Fat Tony stream below...

Continue reading "Downtown Music Festival NYC day 1: Black Hippy, Earl Sweatshirt, and Fat Tony (in review & videos)"


Tyler, the Creator's album, Wolf, leaked and in response the Odd Future rapper has posted it on OFWGKTA's official Soundcloud. Featuring guest appearances from Laetitia Sadier, Erykah Badu and more, you can stream it below.

You may have already heard some of it at Tyler's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last weekend.

Continue reading "stream Tyler, the Creator's 'Wolf'"

photos by Jason Bergman

Tyler, the Creator at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 3/23/13
Tyler the Creator

On the new material previewed during the show, flashes of introspection shone brightest. He opened one track berating his father for still not picking up the phone, and later placed his bank account flexing in context: "You'd think all this money would make a happier me, but I'm about as lonely as crackers and skinny models be."

Tyler's production is more progressive and exploratory this time around, digging even deeper into the kick drums and colorful chords of his idol/mentor Pharrell. The upcoming single "Bimmer," a playful love-letter about sharing Slurpies with a girl he thinks is "chill," accented with harmonies from Frank Ocean, felt especially precious between the snarls and growls that dominated his set. [Rolling Stone]

Tyler, the Creator brought his tour to NYC on Saturday (3/23) for a packed show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which he used to preview material from his upcoming album, Wolf (due out 4/2 via Odd Future Records). He brought out a number of fellow Odd Future members, including Taco, Jasper, Mike G, and most notably, Earl Sweatshirt, who has been in the spotlight for his own upcoming album lately.

A portion of the set was spent with just Tyler and Earl on stage, during which they played "Whoa" off Earl's new album (which Tyler is featured on), in addition to earlier tracks the two rappers recorded together. When Tyler wasn't previewing Wolf material, he reached back his early albums, Bastard and Yonkers, and also the early Odd Future mixtapes, like when he brought out former OF member Casey Veggies to do "Odd Toddlers" from 2008's The Odd Future Tape.

More pictures and some videos from Saturday's show below...

Continue reading "Tyler, the Creator previewed new material at Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Earl Sweatshirt, Casey Veggies & others (pics)"

Tyler the Creator

Tyler, the Creator said he would release his new album, Wolf, back in 2012 but didn't, and now he's saying it will come out on April 2 via Odd Future Records, and the first video from the album will premiere tonight at midnight EST on Odd Future's site. The cover art above is one of three covers for the album, including one designed by Mark Ryden. The other two are below.

Tyler also just announced a tour which hits NYC on March 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and as is always the case for Odd Future shows, tickets are already on sale, so act quick.

UPDATE: The video is out now. Watch it below.

A list of all dates and the other two album covers below...

Continue reading "Tyler, the Creator announces new album & tour (tickets for the NYC show on sale now)"

songs were not played in this order though...
Frank Ocean

We'll have more about the Monday night NYC show with Bon Iver later, but meanwhile you can see Frank Ocean's printed setlist above (via BrooklynVegan Instagram), and listen to a brand new song by Frank at his Tumblr.

UPDATE: Check out a full set of pictures from the Angel Orensanz show.

Frank also played ATP on Friday.

trash talk flyer

BrooklynVegan is proud to present Trash Talk in Brooklyn for FREE show at 285 Kent Ave on July 26th, THURSDAY! It's a late one, doors open at 11:59 PM, but get there early to secure your spot at what will be a brutal show, complete with "special guests" and DJ Leftbrain of OFWGKTA before and after the shindig.

Coincidentally enough, Trash Talk's free show goes down the same night that Frank Ocean plays Terminal 5 and Tyler the Creator/Earl Sweatshirt hit Best Buy Theater. Trash Talk, who is finishing up a tour with SpaceGhostPurrp, recently signed to Odd Future Records.

Some video below. See you at the show!

Continue reading "Trash Talk playing a FREE LATE show at 285 Kent on Thursday, the same night Tyler & Frank Ocean play NYC"

Off Future's Tyler the Creator with Trash Talk
Trash Talk and Odd Future

As mentioned on BV Chicago earlier this week, Odd Future announced some news and a tour that happens after the previously announced The Internet and Tyler the Creator/Earl Sweatshirt shows.

Odd Future will head out on the "Camp Flog Gnaw" tour in September, tagging The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 9/4 and Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on 9/8, along the way. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale at 10am today (7/20). All dates, which include Jay-Z's Made in America fest, are listed below.

Meanwhile, OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean is on tour, hit Austin last night, and will be in NYC for a sold out show at Terminal 5 on 7/26, THE SAME NIGHT Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt play NYC's Best Buy Theater with Raekwon and Asher Roth. Earl joined Frank on stage for "Super Rich Kids" in LA. Hopefully NY will get some of the same action. Listen to Frank's album Channel Orange at Spotify. All remaining tour dates are listed below.

And speaking of on-stage collaboration, Trash Talk are currently on a west coast tour with SpaceGhostPurrp and were joined by Tyler the Creator at their Anaheim show last night (7/19). Trash Talk will release their new record in the fall on Odd Future Records which also has new albums coming from Odd Future members Mellowhype, Domo Genesis, Mike G, and Tyler the Creator.

Domo Genesis' album, No Idols, is the first upcoming release. It's due out on August 1, and you can listen to/download the lead single "Elimination Chamber," featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Vince Staples, and The Alchemist, at the bottom of this post. MellowHype's Numbers is due out on October 2. Take a listen to a new track for the album, called "La Bonita," below. Trash Talk release their new record, 119, on October 9, and Tyler, the Creator's Wolf is due out sometime in November.

Stay tuned for for another big NYC, related announcement coming shortly.

Songs and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Odd Future announce tour, Long Island & CT shows included; Tyler, Earl & Frank Ocean will be in NYC the same day"

Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

Continue reading "full 2012 Pukkelpop & Rock Werchter lineups"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

DOWNLOAD: Frank Ocean - "Pyramids" (MP3)

Odd Future at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Odd Future

Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, who seems really big on this whole "real hip hop" thing, will be presenting a show at Best Buy Theater on July 26 with Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt and Raekwon, which is being billed as "A Night of Real Hip Hop." It's probably safe to assume that Nicki MInaj won't be there. Tickets for the Best Buy Theater show go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon.

It's the only date for the Odd Future boys at the moment except for Jay-Z's Made In America Fest in September. They're probably busy working on the second season of their Adult Swim show, Loiter Squad, or something. Or maybe Tyler is still finishing up his new album, Wolf, which was set to come out in May (it didn't). Meanwhile, it was recently revealed in a NY Times article that Earl is also working on a new album, and it will come out on his own Columbia-distributed imprint, Tan Cressida.

Frank Ocean recently announced a new album and tour too. If you missed it, the 10-minute single, Pyramids," is downloadable above and streamable below.

For Raekwon, the Best Buy Theater show comes at the end of an international tour that he's currently on (he plays Boston tonight). Also his Wu-Block project, with Ghostface Killah, D-Block/The LOX members Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P, plays Rock the Bells in September. All Raekwon dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Raekwon is on tour, playing NYC with Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt (dates)"

Frank Ocean at Coachella (more by David Andrako)
Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean posted a teaser video today for something called Channel Orange, which is his new album out July 17 via Def Jam. Soon after, he announced a tour which includes a NYC show happening on July 26 at Terminal 5 and in typical Frank Ocean fashion, tickets immediately went on sale.

A list of all dates and the teaser video below...

Continue reading "Frank Ocean releasing LP; going on tour, including T5 (dates)"

Trash Talk during SXSW (more by Greg Cristman)
Trash Talk

In a move that actually makes sense if you think about it, anarchic punk band Trash Talk have signed with anarchic rappers Odd Future's record label who will release the band's new album this fall. Says OFWGKTA's L-Boy in the press release:

So them muthafu***** ova at Odd Future records done signed a fu***** group of crackas and ni**** in a hardcore punk band called Trash Talk. I mean it makes sense since Odd Future fans is them white ni**** anyway. Trash Talk is supposed to be releasing they album called "119″ or some sh** thru they Trash Talk Collective Label in the fall.. don't ask me what the f*** that means cuz I don't fu***** kno. I asked Tyler's trick ass what he thought about that sh** and I really didn't give a f*** so I'm not gone put that sh** on here. Them Trash Talk ni**** is currently over in Europe with them musty muthaf******.
If you give a f*** about they sh**t then listen to them ni**** EP on iTunes called Awake or watch the fuckin video ni***
Hopefully it's a real signing this time.

Trash Talk are currently wreaking havoc on Europe and all those dates are listed below, along with that video for "Awake."

Continue reading "Trash Talk sign to Odd Future Records"

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup (Danzig Legazy, Passion Pit, Slayer, Lykke Li, The Damned, Henry Rollins & much more)"

crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Warm Up

The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.

As discussed, Four Tet and Matthewdavid play 'Warm Up' on July 9. STBRKT (who recently collaborated with Little Dragon) along with FaltyDL and others are also on that bill.

Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.

More info and the full schedule below...

Continue reading "PS1's 2011 'Warm Up' lineup announced"

Lil B and Tyler the Creator

The Guardian writes...

"On the surface, the attitudes of LA collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All and fellow Golden State compadre Lil B are polar opposites. The former trade in an adolescent misanthropy heavily flavoured with violent misogyny and homophobic slurs - to such an extent that even in a genre no stranger to either, the frequency with which Odd Future lean on the shock value of lines such as "Rape a pregnant bitch and tell my friends I had a threesome" and use of the word "faggot" is notable.

On the other hand, Lil B caused a furore - and attracted death threats - last month when he announced his forthcoming album would be titled I'm Gay. Though the former Pack member is straight, it's hardly out-of-character for a rapper who specialises in stream-of-consciousness surrealism. His penchant for blurring gender and sexuality lines is already well known, whether exclaiming "Damn, I'm a princess" mid-freestyle, referring to himself as a "pretty bitch" or throwing down the gauntlet to the biggest female rapper around: "Nicki Minaj, I'm the finest bitch out!" And with songs entitled I'm God, I Am the Ocean and I'm Paris Hilton, I'm Gay is less of a grand statement than it might appear.

Thousands of words have been expended on Odd Future's lyrical content and What It All Means since their rise to prominence over the past year, but only now - as lead member Tyler, the Creator gears up for the release of his second album Goblin - have they been pressed to explain themselves. Which, in recent interviews, Tyler has done in a particularly mealy-mouthed fashion. "I'm not homophobic," he declared to NME last week. "I just think 'faggot' hits and hurts people." It would appear that Tyler's much-vaunted genius does not stretch to making a connection between these statements. Notwithstanding his inability to distinguish between active and cultural homophobia, though, it's important to remember that Odd Future is not a monolith. Frank Ocean, their R&B associate, has penned a song with an explicitly pro-gay marriage slant: "I believe that marriage isn't between a man and woman, but between love and love." And the collective's sound engineer, Syd tha Kyd, is an open lesbian whose response to the controversy is telling: "When I first started really fucking with Odd Future heavy, my dad was like, 'Really? They talk about some crazy shit and as a female, you're slapping a lot of women in the face.' I'm like, 'That's what I do. I slap bitches.'"..." [Guardian]

RELATED: Tyler the Creator was featured heavily in Sunday's NY Times, and "Thurnis Haley Golf Wang" is now up to Part Three. All three videos below...

Continue reading "'Is hip-hop homophobia at a tipping point?' ('Goblin' out Tues.)"

Thurnis, Golf Wang

No word on if they consulted Thurnis before they made their move (he might have been on a golf trip -details below-), but Odd Future have formed their own label (Odd Future Records) and will partner with Sony/RED Distribution for a distribution deal. The deal allows the band "creative freedom", as well as freedom from "cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements" according to their management in a statement to Rap Radar. Tyler also says, "Funny Thing Is, We Won't Sign People Like A Record Label. Same People, Same Shit, All in House." (sorry Paul Scheer.)

In other Odd Future news, the crew recently revamped their website and have offered their entire discography for download ("FRANK, DOMO, ALI, JET, TYLER, MELLOWHYPE, EARL AND RADICAL"). Tyler urges, "Download BASTARD At Oddfuture.com Or GOBLIN Won't Make Sense."

Goblin is the name of Tyler's second solo album, out May 10th via XL Recordings. As the LA Times recently said,

"They aren't user-friendly, and that's been lacking in hip-hop for the last 20 years," said drummer and hip-hop expert Questlove of the Roots. He compares them to gangsta rap and hard-core punk. "Lyrically, they channel the first Geto Boys' record, and their attitude, music and presentation bring a similar dark aggression. Odd Future is the new Bad Brains, but I think the mainstream will embrace them even more."

There will be ample opportunity. Earlier this year, Odd Future signed a deal for a pilot on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block -- a live-action skit show in the vein of "Jackass" and "Chappelle's Show." XL Recordings, home of indie darlings Vampire Weekend and British provocateur M.I.A., signed a one-off deal to release Tyler's commercial debut, "Goblin," due May 10...

....In Odd Future's case, [their manager's] central concern will be constructing the latticework of the group's business model, which could include clothing lines, skateboards and multimedia crossovers. "Whether it's XL, Interscope, Supreme, or even Apple, Sony or Google, we're looking for the best partner on our content and creations," Airaudi said.

No longer is the central concern selling recordings, he added. "A record label doesn't necessarily have pole position. Creative control and freedom come first. Going forward, successful artists will be ones fully immersed in the intellectual property of their lifestyle." Besides the XL pact, the duo of Mellowhype (Left Brain and Hodgy Beats) inked a similar one-off deal with Mississippi rock and blues label Fat Possum. Other members will no doubt ink their own deals.

"I always wanted to sign to Interscope when I was a kid because it was the label of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. I want a boat. I want a Grammy," Tyler said. "But I'd never sign a deal without 100% creative control. You lose a lot when you sign with the major labels. I'd rather be broke than have to rap over the same chord progressions as everyone else."

Odd Future recently played (in more ways than one) at Coachella, and will wreak havok at Pitchfork's Festival in Chicago this summer.

Odd Future is hitting the East Coast in May, including the now-sold-out Highline Ballroom on 5/13. In June they're heading to Australia. All dates and the Golf Wang member Thurnis video is below.

Continue reading "Odd Future form label, giving away all of their albums right now, love golf & stuff"

photos by Brook Bobbins

Odd Future
Odd Future

"None are older than 23, but their sensibilities are shockingly sculpted for a rap crew of any age -- an iconography forged on upside down cruci?xes, the occasional swastika, Kodachrome colors, skate culture and a slashing irony. They love bacon, cartoons and Eminem. They hate comedian Steve Harvey, school and dance rappers." [LA Times]
Odd Future, who are appearing at Coachella this weekend, will play a string of East Coast dates in middle May including 5/13 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. UPDATE: that was quick. All tour dates are below.

Odd Future recently posted a new song featuring Tyler The Creator with Domo Genesis. The track, "Heart of Gold", is reportedly "old as fuck" but you can check it out streaming below.

During SXSW photographer Brook Bobbins followed Odd Future to most of their Austin shows, as did an MTV cameraman. That includes the BrooklynVegan party at Barbarella. More pictures from that one, and from from Mellowhype's appearances at Club Deville (Fat Possum party), Odd Future's show at Scoot Inn (Thrasher Party), and Fader Fort, are all below. Those dates, song stream and MTV's video is down there too...

Continue reading "Odd Future announce more dates (NYC show on sale), played SXSW (you knew that, but here are a whole bunch more pics)"

Guided by Voices @ Irving Plaza, New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Guided by Voices

"As previously announced, the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at Chicago's Union Park! Tickets went on sale on March 4th, and, as predicted, three-day passes sold out in a record time of 24 hours! That said, eager prospective festival goers should fear not, as single-day passes are still available for the totally reasonable price of $45.

And now, without further ado, the newest additions to the 2011 Pitchfork Festival lineup! Friday will see the addition of Guided By Voices and Neko Case; Saturday's lineup will feature No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot; Sunday's stellar lineup now includes The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister. Stay tuned for more bands still to be announced in the coming weeks!"
Guided by Voices are also playing the sold out Sasquatch Fest. Full Pitchfork lineup by day below...

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Pitchfork Festival

"the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th! Tickets will officially be on sale today at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and three-day passes for $110! If last year was any indicator, three-day passes will sell out in under a week (last year they sold out in FIVE DAYS!), so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!"
The full lineup so far is below...

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Odd Future @ the Studio in 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Odd Future

Tickets are on sale for the February 15th all ages show happening at Santos Party House. Flyer below...

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