Entries tagged with: Warner Music Group
by Andrew Sacher
Wavves already gave us their collaborative album with Cloud Nothings and their side project Spirit Club's album this year, but we're still waiting on the band's proper followup to Afraid of Heights. Release details and a title are TBA, but a new single called "Way Too Much" is now out, which Nathan mentions he co-wrote with guitarist Alex Gates. Like his last album, it's an endlessly catchy bit of pop punk and way clearer than his lo-fi roots. It's keeping our anticipation for this album pretty high. Listen below.
UPDATE: Wavves mentions that the album is called v (as in, his fifth album), and he has not been happy with the way his label Warner Bros is handling the release. That's the artwork above, but he initially posted an alternate cover (see below) after saying Warner would sue him if he used his original artwork. He also screenshotted Warner's copyright not letting him upload the new song to Soundcloud, but he eventually got it uploaded. He's been tweeting about the label dating back to Tuesday, when he wrote, "Once im out of this contract i never deal with another one of these sucubus major labels again." See more of his tweets below.
Wavves' label Ghost Ramp is also releasing the new Birth Defects record (ex-Thee Oh Sees/Bleached, produced by Ty Segall) which we posted a stream of today.
by Bill Pearis
photo: JEFF the Brotherhood @ DbA's final night (more by PSquared)
Warner Brothers (or any major label) never seemed like a very good fit for such a DIY-leaning band like JEFF the Brotherhood. Well, they and label have now parted ways. At least for Jake and Jamin, they are "fucking pleased" as you can read in the statement they just released:
Hello friends and fans and family and hello people of the press and people of the industry!JEFF just released another song off Wasted on the Dream -- "Black Cherry Pie" which features Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on flute. If you think that's odd, you've never seen Jamin's bass drum. You can stream that over at NPR.
We, JEFF The Brotherhood, are SO FUCKING PLEASED to announce that we have been DROPPED from the clutches of the demented vulture that is Warner Bros! We feel as though a heavy weight has been lifted from our shoulders, and could not be more excited.
As for our album, "Wasted on the Dream", it is finally coming out March 24th on Infinity Cat Recordings - our spiritual, as well as literal home.
It was a very strange experience working with WBR. Luckily, we help to run an indie label that has its shit together more than the big guys, and the announcement comes today from Infinity Cat. The records are pressed, and we are poised and ready!
It's true what you've heard, the era of the major label is over, we have seen it first hand. Upwards and onwards!
-JEFF The Brotherhood
In honor of a new partnership with Warner Brothers, Prince just decided to release a new track to iTunes right before midnight on Friday night. It's called "The Breakdown". Listen below.
Warner Brothers/Prince partnership press release below:
Passion Pit @ BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Passion Pit, who just played Saturday Night Live, just announced they'll headline Madison Square Garden on February 8 with openers Matt & Kim. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/19) at noon. Pretty amazing they were playing Pianos just four years ago. Updated Passion Pit dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, some of you may have noticed Ayad Al Adhamy is no longer in Passion Pit, deciding instead to focus soley on his group Team Spirit. The band have signed to Vice & Warner Brothers and NYC will have a bunch of chances to see them this week during CMJ, including the Banners showcase at Pianos tonight (10/16); the NYC Taper day party at Pianos on Wednesday (10/17); the Noisey CMJ showcase at Santos later Wednesday night; and the Fuzz showcase at the Swat Bar on Saturday (10/19). They've also got a few dates with White Denim and Maps and Atlases and their full tour schedule is listed below, along with a stream of their EP from earlier in the year.
Quincy Jones, Aloe Blacc, and Kanye West
The above photo comes from crooner/MC Aloe Blacc's site and a benefit show that featured the three. So far, no indication that the trio will form a mega-trio, although if possible it will have to wait until Aloe Blacc returns from his current tour in the EU. Aloe Blacc spent Saturday night (6/25) playing Glastonbury in the UK alongside names like Radiohead, Pulp, Beyonce, and countless notable others. Check video of his performance below.
Aloe Blacc will spend the bulk of July touring overseas before heading back to the US to prep for a new batch of East Coast dates in early September. Those dates include a return to Highline Ballroom on September 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
Kanye's GOOD Music just released Big Sean's LP Finally Famous this week. What do you think of Big Sean? As Pitchfork pointed out, Flying Lotus is not a fan ("This Big Sean album is not sweet. I dunno why I try to like this stuff. I want my time back! same wack ass post drake cadence,talking about the same shit i heard in the last rap album i bought(nothing).more autotune.more snare repeat"). Flylo does however like the new Shabazz Palaces.
Speaking of Flying Lotus and Aloe Blacc, they both performed with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble in LA in 2010. Pharoahe Monch performs with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble in NYC in July 2011.
All Aloe tour dates and some video is below.
DOWNLOAD: Uncle Bad Touch - I Wanna Love You (MP3)
Uncle Bad Touch
The above photo may or may not be of Montreal's Uncle Bad Touch in their touring vehicle, though I'm leaning towards the "may not". But don't be surprised if you see said vehicle parked in front of Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (5/10), as the band will play the Manhattan venue with The Growlers. Tickets are still available for the late NYC show. The Growlers are on a much larger tour that also brings them to Maxwell's in Hoboken on Wednesday (5/11)
After the show Uncle Bad Touch will get back to the business of finishing new material for an upcoming full-length (label TBA) and a 7" on Infinity Cat, Jeff The Brotherhood's label... which is now also Warner Brothers' label, sort of. Infinity Cat honcho Robert Ellis Orrall writes...
Just to be super clear, Infinity Cat is still a completely independent record label, distributed by ADA for the upcoming JEFF The Brotherhood release We Are the Champions. Future Bro-hood releases will be under the Warner/ILG umbrella. As far as the rest of the roster is concerned, we will continue to act independently, and we hope to build on that relationship, one band at a time.Jeff The Brotherhood is currently on the road with The Greenhornes and if you happen to be on the West Coast, make sure and pick up their limited edition tour-only split 7" referenced above.
We are in our 9th year as a label, and the Greenhornes/JEFF tour split 7" is our 63rd release. We are grateful for the support the Nashville community has shown us, and we couldn't be more excited about the future.
In June, JEFF will get on the road with Fucked Up for some dates. It remains to be seen as to whether a NYC date will emerge on that run (there's one in Philly), so meanwhile grab tickets for the show Fucked Up is playing with Dinosaur Jr and Off! at Terminal 5 in June.
Sample some Uncle Bad Touch in the MP3 above. A video of them at Cake Shop from last year, and everyone's tour dates, below...
After a couple of shows in Texas, The Drums (who recently lost a member) ("we are sorry to say that Adam has left The Drums. Jonny, Jacob and Connor are devastated") will kick off their tour with Surfer Blood on September 27th in Phoenix, AZ. That's the same tour that makes its way to Webster Hall in NYC on October 20th (a show that is also part of CMJ, and which will feature an opening set by The Dewars). That tour ends two days later, October 22nd, in Philly.
Eight days after that, on mischief night, the Drums will share a bill with Devo and Neon Trees at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The "second annual RXP Halloween Concert" is on sale now (for the low low price of $55-with-fees a ticket).
For Devo, it's one of just three shows they have coming up at the moment. The other two are Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
And speaking of Surfer Blood,
"According to a Brightest Young Things interview with Surfer Blood lead singer JP Pitts, the indie rock upstarts recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. The group plan to release an EP on current label Kanine next year before making a jump to the majors with an as-yet-unscheduled LP to be released by Warners and Kanine." [Pitchfork]The Drums' debut, self-titled album was recently released by Downtown.
All dates below...
if you hadn't noticed, all of the dresden dolls and amanda palmer official videos have been taken off youtube.Amanda Palmer plays Bowery Ballroom at 2:00 AM tonight (thx joly).
yes, folks...girl anachronism, coin-operated boy, shores of california, almost everything from who killed amanda palmer....pretty much the whole deal.
all gone. go look for yourself.
and you ask...wtf?
"Unable to reach new licensing terms, the Warner Music Group has demanded that thousands of its videos be removed from YouTube, which is owned by Google. Warner Music's videos, the source of a billion views on YouTube, gradually began disappearing from the site on Saturday, although many remained online Sunday evening."
in other words, roadrunner is a subsidiary of warner and i'm stuck in hell with madonna and the other poor bastards, because warner wants more money. even worse, warner has almost no bargaining power...they're not even in the top ten of labels who have huge artists with material streaming on youtube. they're just starving for cash right now and they're doing anything they can think of to come up with cash. it's abSURD. they are looking for money in a totally backwards way.
money that, i should point out, i would NEVER see as an artist. if they got their way and youtube decided to give them a larger revenue share of the videos, it;s very unlikely it would ever make it's way into the artists' bank accounts.
damn, man. this shit is fucked UP.
i'll obviously let you know what happens, but i'm slowly planning some sort of tribute-a-thon of dolls and amanda videos in lieu of our actual clips.
maybe a "everybody re-enact your favorite dolls video in one take on a shitty camera, with hand puppets, for under $5" contest. maybe it will yield a masterpiece.
i loved my videos.
now they are gone.
why is life so hard?
did i mention that being on a major label is starting to seem like.....not such a grand idea?
i hate the cold. elaine sent me a nice vest, with a hood.
maybe i won't take it off until my videos are back up, in protest.
shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel
PREVIOUSLY: Warner music vs. YouTube
News Corp's (NWSa.N) MySpace, the world's largest social network Web site, said it has formed an online music venture with three major recording companies in a challenge to Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) dominant iTunes Music Store.
Vivendi's (VIV.PA) Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group (WMG.N) have minority stakes in the new MySpace Music venture announced on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
MySpace Music will offer free music and video streaming supported by advertising, paid-for MP3 downloads, ringtones for cell phones, concert ticket sales and merchandise. [Yahoo News]
Mr. Lavandeira (Perez) has been negotiating a deal that would provide him with his own imprint at Warner Brothers Records, a division of the music giant Warner Music Group, he said. This was confirmed by several other people associated with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because no deal has been made. The talks are preliminary, and an agreement is not certain, but Mr. Lavandeira could receive $100,000 a year as an advance against 50 percent of any profits generated by artists he discovers and releases through Warner Brothers, these people said. [NY Times]Perez will also be representing at SXSW this year.
The Alternative Distribution Alliance, an independent distributor owned by the Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG), has acquired Insound.com, the indie music lifestyle store, reports Billboard, for an undisclosed sum. The NYC-based site, founded in 19998, will allow ADA to use the Insound digital sales infrastructure as a back-end for its labels and indie accounts to open their own online download stores, the story says. Insoundstarting selling only physical products via mail-order, and in October 2006 it began selling albums in MP3 format for download as well.